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Annette Funicello Dies At 70

08 Apr

Annette Funicello 1942-2013

Annette Funicello  died in a Bakersfield, California hospital today at the age of 70. She had suffered from multiple sclerosis for the last 26 years.Her death was caused by complications from multiple sclerosis.

She could longer walk in 2004 and lost her speech in 2009.

Her last movie or television appearance was in Back To Beach film, which was released in 1987.

Longtime fans will remember her as Annette from the Mickey Mouse Club, which debuted in 1955. She starred in several beach movies with Frankie Avalon from Beach Party in 1963 till they co-starred on Back to the Beach 24 years later.

Annette recorded several albums and one of her songs Tall Paul peaked at No.7 on the Billboard charts. She recorded singles from 1958-1983.

I can remember watching Annette on Mickey Mouse Club many years ago and then saw many of her beach movies over the years.

Her husband Glen Holt survives her along with three children, from her first husband Jack Gilardi.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-et-st-mickey-mouse-club-star-annette-funicello-dies-at-70-20130408,0,5659102.story

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4 responses to “Annette Funicello Dies At 70

  1. Maryanne

    April 8, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    RIP Annette Funicello. I don’t know much about her, just saw some of the beach movies. She was adorable.

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      April 9, 2013 at 7:39 AM

      Maryanne, I remember Annette from her time on the Mickey Mouse Club. Walt Disney only kept her under the Disney umbrella and let the other boys and girls go, after the show ended.

       
  2. shelley atwood

    April 8, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    loved Annette in the 60’s beach movies. will be missed

     
    • Andrew Godfrey

      April 9, 2013 at 7:40 AM

      Shelley, I remember seeing all the beach movies, since I was in Army in Hawaii at the time and we had a movie theater near our barracks.

       

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