April 9th, 2013

R.I.P. Annette Funicello (1942 - 2013)

Terribly sad news in the world of entertainment. Annette Funicello has died at the age of 70, finally succumbing to multiple sclerosis.

Annette Funicello, Former Mickey Mouse Club Star, Dies at Age 70

Annette Funicello, 70, Dies; Beloved as a Mouseketeer and a Star of Beach Movies

I don't really have any memories of The Mickey Mouse Club as I was much too young to be watching that show when it aired. Or maybe I did, and have no memories of it. (It ended when I was 4 years old or so. I did watch some of the episodes later on as I grew up, but still...) I was more familiar with the Beach Party movies that she made with Frankie Avalon, though I watched those in the 1970s iirc, but have to say that I haven't watched these in years (decades, actually).

Annette Funicello represented a more innocent, more perky time in the tv and movie industry. A different, some would say better, time. Hollywood has lost a true star of tv and film, even if she wasn't a Marilyn Monroe or Sophia Loren.

Rest in Peace, Annette. The days at the beach will go on forever, now.