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Annette Funicello 1942-2013

Annette Funicello, the dark-haired darling of TV's 'The Mickey Mouse Club' in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the '60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of 'beach' movies, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 70. Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said. (Globe Photos/Abaca Press/MCT)

Annette Funicello, the dark-haired darling of TV's "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the '60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of "beach" movies, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 70. Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said. (Globe Photos/Abaca Press/MCT)

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  • This 1955 photo provided by Walt Disney Co., shows Annette Funicello, a 'Mouseketeer' on Walt Disney's TV series the 'Mickey Mouse Club.' Walt Disney Co. says, Monday, April 8, 2013, that Funicello, also known for her beach movies with Frankie Avalon, has died at age 70. (AP Photo/Walt Disney Co., File)
  • FILE - In this Oct. 20, 1990 file photo, actress and former Mickey Mouse Club member Annette Funicello arrives for the 15th annual Italian American Foundation dinner in Washington. Walt Disney Co. says, Monday, April 8, 2013, that Funicello, also known for her beach movies with Frankie Avalon, has died at age 70. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
  • FILE - In this 1963 file photo, singer Frankie Avalon and actress Annette Funicello are seen on Malibu Beach during filming of 'Beauty Party,' in California in 1963. Walt Disney Co. says, Monday, April 8, 2013, that former 'Mouseketeer' Funicello, also known for her beach movies with Avalon, has died at age 70. (AP Photo/File)
  • Annette Funicello, (seen here with co-star Frankie Avalon) the dark-haired darling of TV's 'The Mickey Mouse Club' in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the '60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of 'beach' movies, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 70. Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said. (Globe Photos/Abaca Press/MCT)
  • Annette Funicello, the dark-haired darling of TV's 'The Mickey Mouse Club' in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the '60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of 'beach' movies, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 70. Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said. (Globe Photos/Abaca Press/MCT)
  • FILE - In this January 1978 file photo, executive producer Dick Clark welcomes former 'Mouseketeer' Annette Funicello to the party when ABC-TV presents 'ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration,' a gala four-hour telecast. Walt Disney Co. says, Monday, April 8, 2013, that Funicello, also known for her beach movies with Frankie Avalon, has died at age 70. (AP Photo/File)
  • FILE - In this Jan. 3, 1978 file photo, actress Annette Funicello recalls moments when she played a 'Mouseketeer' on ABC's first successful daytime television show,'The Mickey Mouse Club' in Los Angeles, while she was taping an ABC Silver Anniversary Celebration special. Walt Disney Co. says, Monday, April 8, 2013, that Funicello, also known for her beach movies with Frankie Avalon, has died at age 70. (AP Photo/Lennox McLendon, File)
  • In this Oct. 21, 1992, photo, former 'Mouseketeer' Annette Funicello gets set to put her hands in the cement at Walt Disney Studios Theatre, in Burbank, Calif., as she is honored with the Disney Legend Award. With Funicello is her husband, Glen Holt, right, and Jeff Hofman, left, Disney Studios official. Walt Disney Co. says, Monday, April 8, 2013, that Funicello, also known for her beach movies with Frankie Avalon, has died at age 70. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello died Monday, April 8, 2013, at age 70.

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