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article imageUPDATED Annette Funicello passes away at age 70

By Micki Hogan     Apr 8, 2013 in Entertainment
The beloved member of the Mickey Mouse Club and film star passed away today peacefully in her sleep after a long battle with multiple sclerosis at the Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California.
We all remember the big black Mickey Mouse ears and the infamous Mickey Mouse Club theme song of the Mickey Mouse Club. Perhaps the most iconic person we remember is Annette Funicello as she took the center stage of the long running television show produced by the Walt Disney Company.
Walt Disney casted the actress himself after seeing her preform at a dance recital and it was not long before she warmed the hearts of children and adults world wide at the young age of thirteen. She went on to star in movies like the Shaggy Dog and Babes in Toyland. She starred in countless movies and was often made a guest appearance on multiple television shows.
She remained active in the film industry for years until 1987 when she began to first have symptoms of the disease multiple sclerosis.
According to Yahoo News when asked about being diagnosed she said
"I knew nothing about (MS), and you are always afraid of the unknown.."
She did not go public with her disease until 1992 when the disease began to take control of her body and she no longer was able to control the muscle contractions often related to Multiple Sclerosis. She feared the public would think she was drunk and wanted the world to know the truth. She did not want to use the shock an awe effect about her disease but by going public she successfully helped raise awareness of the disease and her fans remained faithful through her journey.Through out the years the beloved actress had kept a clean Innocent image.
When she was filming movies as a teen Walt Disney approached her about the fact teenage girls were wearing two piece bathing suits. This was at that time bikinis were becoming high fashion and popular.. He informed her that it was his wish for her to continue to wear a one piece bathing suit. She expressed gratitude for Disney's concern and continued through out the years to represent the Disney Company in a respectable manner.
She will be remembered no doubt for her innocence, her unwavering strength and constant support of Walt Disney and the Disney Company.
Take a moment to reminisce and see Annette Funicello introduce herself with the rest of the original Mickey Mouseketeers.
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