The forever Queen of the Mickey Mouse Club and America’s sweetheart Annette Funicello floated up to heaven today at the age of 70. Extra says that Annette’s children and husband Glenn Holt were with her when she was taken off of life support at a hospital in Bakersfield, CA. Annette’s family said that she had been in a MS coma for years.
Long before Ryan Gosling, Justin Timberlake, Brit Brit and Xtina existed, Mickey Mouse dropped a pair of mouse ears on Annette Funicello’s head when she became one of the first Mouseketeers at the age of 12. After the Mickey Mouse Club, Annette put on a two piece and didn’t take it off for years, because she made musical beach movie after musical beach movie with her main boo Frankie Avalon. In 1992, Annette announced that she had multiple sclerosis, because she wanted to shoot down the rumors that she had a hard time walking due to alcoholism. Annette wrote an autobiography a couple of years later and it was turned into a made-for-TV movie starring Eva La Rue. And Annette was in an episode of Full House. I was going to say that was probably the highlight of Annette’s career, but I don’t think she had a scene with Kimmy Gibler.
Rest in peace, Annette. Let’s all swallow a spoonful of Skippy in honor of Annette.