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    Disney: former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dead at 70

    Annette Funicello dead at age 70 (Houston Chronicle)
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    The former Mickey Mouse Club star, who became a national treasure in America thanks to a string of 1960s cult beach movies, including Beach Blanket Bingo and Muscle Beach Party, passed away at a Bakersfield, California hospital.

    Funicello battled multiple sclerosis during her final years and reports suggest she slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness.
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    Rip,

    You know what's sad? Comments underneath the story (can't recall which outlet) saying, "Who??????"

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    Well, she was one of my favorites, always. R.I.P. Annette.

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    Remembering a more wholesome era in American entertainment...........

    Rest in Peace Annette

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    RIP Annette. Got tears in my eyes. She was my favorite. I was a little kid watching the Mickey Mouse Club with Annette. And then the beach movies.......

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    Loved the beach blanket movies - favorite fodder as a lad of eight.

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    R.I.P. Annette. I had a teacher in high school who was a distant cousin of hers and looked amazingly like her!

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    RIP Annette, loved your movies though didn't see you much on Micky Mouse. your movies were part of my growing up. remember many saturday afternoon watching you and Frankie! still watch them when they come on.
    we need to encourage harder sentencing on those that are harming our children. our children are worth it!!

    stop the circus!! these children as all children deserve to be found and justice brought forth for what has happened to them!!


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    Ah - growing up at the movies. I watched the Mouseketeers but Annette's early years may have been only on re-run. (We only got two channels.) But my first couple little girlfriends definitely were Annettes, via her movies. (And the next few drawn from the still-wholesome, though-friskier Elvis movie-girlfriend types. But after that: set the controls for the hearts of the James Bond girls!)

    New York Times obit: Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer, Dies at 70
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    She was the last of the 24 original Mouseketeers chosen for “The Mickey Mouse Club,” which began in 1955, when fewer than two-thirds of households had television sets. Walt Disney personally discovered her at a ballet performance.

    Before long, she was getting over 6,000 fan letters a week, and was known by just her first name in a manner that later defined celebrities like Cher, Madonna and Prince.

    Sometimes called “America’s girl next door,” she nonetheless managed to be at the center of the action during rock ’n’ roll’s exuberant emergence. She was the youngest member of Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars tour, which included LaVern Baker, the Drifters, Bobby Rydell, the Coasters and Paul Anka. Mr. Anka, her boyfriend, wrote “Puppy Love” for her in her parents’ living room.
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    I am saddened to hear this. RIP
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    What a dipshidiot! Seriously... she was a Mouseketeer!

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    Annette Funicello's Passing
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    She only did that after she got slammed. The girl has no common sense. She only knows what she is told to say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Softail View Post
    She only did that after she got slammed. The girl has no common sense. She only knows what she is told to say.
    To use a polite Latin phrase, Brit seems non compos mentis these days.

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    She was a standout in the first episode of the Mickey Mouse Club that I saw in 1955 when I was 9. We had just gotten our first TV earlier that year.

    It was the thing to tune in every day as she increasingly began to burst out of he training bra.

    R.I.P. Annette and thanks!
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