Annette Funicello

It was so sad today to hear about the death of everyone’s
favourite Mouseketeer, Annette.

Annette Funicello was a talented young kid who
was a favorite on the show for its whole run from 1955-1957. She went on to
star in a number of ’60s beach party movies. She promised Walt Disney that she
would keep her reputation in tact and never appear in a bikini.

Annette grew up, got married and had children. In the late
’80s she learned she had Multiple Sclerosis. For years she kept her condition
from the public. Then rumors started spreading. She had trouble walking and
people thought she had too much to drink. When Annette found out that her kids
where being teased about it, she decided to go public about her condition. In
1993, she opened the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders.

Annette Funicello died at the age of 70. She will be missed.