Mouseketeer Funicello loved as girl next door
Annette Funicello, who first gained fame as a Mouseketeer and starred with singer Frankie Avalon in “Beach Party” in 1963, has died. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and died of complications of the disease at age 70. Though she was known as “America's girl next door,” she preferred a quiet life as a mother.
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 12:00 am
Annette Funicello, who won America's heart as a 12-year-old in Mickey Mouse ears, captivated adolescent baby boomers in slightly spicy beach movies and later championed people with multiple sclerosis, a disease from which she suffered, died Monday in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 70.
Her death, from complications of the disease, was announced on the Disney website.
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Monday, April 8, 2013 12:00 am.