RIP Annette Funicello

One of the biggest stars of the initial “Mickey Mouse Club,” in the 1950s,
Annette Funicello passed away today at the age of 70 after a lengthy battle with multiple sclerosis.

Funicello followed her Disney stardom by defining the 60’s-era “beach” movies alongside frequent co-star Frankie Avalon.

As for her humble beginnings, she was chosen for her breakthrough role by Walt Disney himself:

Funicello was a 12-year-old dance-school student when Walt Disney saw her performing the lead role in “Swan Lake” at her dance-school’s year-end recital at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank in the spring of 1955.

Read the Times’ full obituary on Funicello here.

Photos: The Walt Disney Company, Lennox McLendon / Associated Press, Vince Vucci / AFP

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