I remember growing up to listening to her music and watching her movies. If you are a member of the baby-boomer era, how could you not resist the wholesome entertainment provided by Ms. Funicello and friends as they whisked you on their fun-loving, happy-go-lucky escapades?
This was a treasured time in my life and the Mickey Mouse Club peaked my interest in the Magic Of Disney – a world where everyone sang and danced and basically lived problem-free. Or, at the very least, could escape their problems.
Annette Funicello was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987 and, while fighting this disease of the Central Nervous System, became a strong advocate and spokesperson for the treatment and increased awareness of this debilitating disease.
In an excerpt from the Los Angeles Times, Bob Iger, Disney’s chairman and chief executive, had this to say:
“Annette was and always will be a cherished member of the Disney family, synonymous with the word ‘Mousketeer,’ and a true Disney legend. She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney’s brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Annette was well known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity, bravery and grace. All of us at Disney join with family, friends, and fans around the world in celebrating her extraordinary life.”
We will miss your radiant and carefree smile, Annette. Thank you the memories and for bringing so much joy and light into our lives. You were an inspiration until the very end.
The MCL community wish to extend their sincere condolences to Ms. Funicello’s family. May she Rest In Peace.
Source: The Los Angeles Times