R.I.P Annette Funicello (Mouseketeer and film star)

Annette Funicello Passes Away at 70. She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., of complications from multiple sclerosis.

She was a child star on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s. She also done movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo" and "Bikini Beach".

Annette Funicello
Annette Funicello in bikini
Funicello was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Utica, N.Y., and her family moved to Los Angeles when she was 4. She began taking dance lessons the following year and won a beauty contest at 9. Then came the discovery by Disney in 1955.

Disney chairman and CEO, Bob Iger said,
 "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"

Annette Funicello  appeared in such Disney movies as "Johnny Tremain," ''The Shaggy Dog," ''The Horsemasters," ''Babes in Toyland," ''The Misadventures of Merlin Jones" and "The Monkey's Uncle."

She wrote her 1994 autobiography, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes" — the title taken from a Disney song. And also she appeared in a television docudrama based on her book in 1995. Where she spoke openly about the degenerative effects of MS.

"My equilibrium is no more; it's just progressively getting worse.But I thank God I just didn't wake up one morning and not be able to walk. You learn to live with it. You learn to live with anything, you really do."
"I've always been religious. This just makes me appreciate the Lord even more because things could always be worse. I know he will see me through this."
  "I have been blessed to have a mentor like Walt Disney,"  "Those years were the happiest of my life. I felt that back then. I feel the same today."

What a beautiful lady she was. She put up a heck of a fight. So sad she passed on but now she is no longer suffering.Beautiful woman inside and out. She will be terribly missed.

Nice, fun and pretty - Not a bad legacy. Unlike so many of today's infamous entertainers (few are real "stars"), she conducted herself like a respectable person.

Rest in Peace Annette Funicello, to the Girl everyone loved in the 1950s Truly the Good old days.