Annette Funicello, 1942-2013

April 9th, 2013

Annette Funicello at 16 in 1959. Ms. Funicello, an original Mouseketeer who later described herself as “the queen of teen,” died on Monday in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 70.

Ms. Funicello “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,” Douglas Martin writes.

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