Farewell Annette:

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Farewell Annette:

Published on April 09, 2013 at 3:00 am with 2 Comments

We’d like to express our profound sorrow upon hearing the news that Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer beloved by Walt Disney, has passed away after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She will be forever remembered as the wholesome singing, dancing girl from next door whom all of America fell in love with. We have 4 new articles for you today including a an Al Lutz update. And check back at noon for a new Communicore Weekly as well.

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Dusty is the founder and CEO of MiceChat.com. When he's not visiting theme parks and writing, editing or speaking about Disney and theme parks worldwide, Dusty stays busy as the Executive Director of both the Walt Disney Birthplace AND the Dick Van Dyke Foundation. He also runs O-Zell Soda (the company originally operated by Walt Disney's father and at which Walt once worked). If you've got news or photos to share with the MiceChat community, or would like to book Dusty for an upcoming event, please contact [email protected]

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  • mcorse01

    “BURBANK, Ca., April 8, 2013 – Actress Annette Funicello, long-time Disney and Beach Party star, passed away on Monday April 8 at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, CA, at the age of 70. She died peacefully from complications due to Multiple Sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years. Beloved by television viewers in the 50s for her stint on Disney’s original The Mickey Mouse Club, and by film buffs for her numerous roles in a series of popular teen-oriented movies in the 60s, Funicello became a pop culture icon (http://annetteconnection.com/2013-News.php).”

    When I read the above words, something in me changed today. I’m a child of the 1980s and 1990s, but during my childhood classic children’s programming of the 1950s and ’60s was readily available on Nickelodeon, the Disney Channel, and even aired regularly on network television. As a result, I grew up with Annette. I remember watching her in the original “Mickey Mouse Club,” in episodes of “Zorro,” her Disney films, her Beach Party movies…and being able to connect with my parents, aunts, and uncles who enjoyed her work as much as I did.

    Annette’s on-screen persona, from what I read, was exactly what she was like in real-life – kind, innocent, gracious, loving. I never met her, but I felt that I knew her. And I always wondered how great it must have been to know and actually work for Walt Disney, to be actually there at Disneyland when it first opened back in July 1955. She did what so many kids – before and since – have dreamed of; there’s something of perpetual childhood, fun, and innocence in everything she did.

    Now, I feel like I’ve grown-up a little more, as another bit of my childhood is now gone. She suffered for a long time, and I know she’s in a better world right now. And the world she is leaving behind is a little bit better by the contributions she made in her life.

    If anyone would like to donate to the Neurological Fund Annette established to help with research and treatment of Multiple Sclerosis, the link can be found here: http://annetteconnection.com/Donor-Recognition.php.

    Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, quoted this poem in Annette’s memory:
    She walks in beauty, like the night

    Of cloudless climes and starry skies,

    And all that’s best of dark and bright

    Meet in her aspect and her eyes

    Thus mellow’d to that tender light

    Which Heaven to gaudy Day denies.

    • Thank you for your words and for quoting that lovely poem from Diane Disney Miller.