Monday, April 8, 2013

Remembering Annette Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013)




Jedi Mouseketeer and the Sorcerer Radio Network is saddened by the news of Disney Legend Annette Funicello's passing. Our thoughts are with her family.


Here's an excerpt of today's article from ABC.com.
Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon on a string of '60s fun-in-the-sun movies with names like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach," died Monday. She was 70. 
She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., of complications from multiple sclerosis, the Walt Disney Co. said. 
Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old.
"She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney's brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent," said Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO.
Read more at ABC.com.



I remember watching the Annette and the Mickey Mouse Club in reruns as I was growing up with my grandparents right after school. I remember thinking, "WOW! Being a Mouseketeer would be so cool!" Thank you for the memories Annette.

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