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Annette Funicello Obituary

Monday, April 8th, 2013


Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and ‘beach’ movie star, dies at 70




Adored on ‘The Mickey Mouse Club,’ Annette Funicello later starred in a series of ’60s beach movies and was a spokeswoman for treatment of multiple sclerosis.


By Dennis McLellan and Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2013


If you were a girl in the 1950s, Annette Funicello was the ideal of feminine goodness, your fantasy best friend forever. If you were a boy, she was your dream date, demure, doe-eyed and just different enough to set hearts pounding.


The most adored of Walt Disney’s original 24 Mouseketeers, Funicello later exchanged her mouse ears for a swim suit in a series of 1960s beach movies, but she remained a reassuring figure, fun-loving yet chaste in an era of rapidly shifting social values.


“She had a heart and a soul and a feeling about her that everybody just connected to — male or female — without being pretentious in any way,” Frankie Avalon, her co-star in movies such as “Beach Party” and “Beach Blanket Bingo,” said Monday. “She was just a nice, nice girl next door … America’s sweetheart.”


Funicello, the dark-haired darling of “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s, died Monday from complications of multiple sclerosis at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield. She was 70.


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