Mouseketeer Funicello loved as girl next door

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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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