On October 22 Original Mouseketeer Annette Funicello was born…

Today, on October 22, 1942, original Mickey Mouse Club member Annette Funicello was born, in which she was known as a “Mouseketeer.”

 Annette Funicello as a Mouseketeer, circa 1956 TV Radio Mirror

Annette Funicello as a Mouseketeer, circa 1956
TV Radio Mirror

After the Mickey Mouse Club, Funicello established herself as a successful pop singer, while in the 1960’s establishing herself as a film actress in various “Beach Party” themed movies, alongside Frankie Avalon.

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello during the "Beach Party" era in the 1960s AP Photo

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello during the “Beach Party” era in the 1960s
AP Photo

Starting in 1992, Funicello began battling multiple sclerosis, and in April 8, 2013, she passed away from complications of the disease.

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