Mickey Mouse is shedding a tear today, one of his dear friends, the iconic actress Annette Funicello, has passed away.
Annette Funicello came to fame when she was cast as one of the original Mouseketeers on Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club which debuted on October 3, 1955. She was one of the first big stars to come from the Disney star factory, which continues to this day with stars like Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Anne Hathaway getting their start with the help of Disney.
Annette Funicello started with the Mickey Mouse Club at the young age of 12 and was a star of the show for years. She later went on to a career starring in wildly popular teen flicks Beach Party with Frankie Avalon.
On Monday, Ms. Funicello passed away from complications of multiple sclerosis. She had been in an MS coma for years and today her family took her off life support.
But Annette Funicello will live on forever in our hearts and history. I remember when I was a kid, they would show reruns of the old Mickey Mouse Clubs and even though the show was old, quite dated, and in black and white, I still loved it. Especially the perky, fun and always youthful Annette Funicello. As the famous Mickey Mouse Club song says, “now it’s time to say goodbye to all our company. M-I-C, see you real soon. K-E-Y, why because we like you. M-O-U-S-E.” Yes, Annette, we didn’t just like you, we loved you. She will be missed.
Check out Annette in action in a few Mouseketter moments below: