See the update at the end of page 3 about a local blogger's pictorial tribute to Annette and funnymen busting out tweets.
ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 8, 1:51 P.M.: Annette Funicello today "died peacefully from complications due to multiple
sclerosis, a disease she battled for over 25 years," according to a statement from Disney. She was 70. Her rise to national prominence, which began with TV's The Mickey Mouse Club
in the 1950s and continued with her Beach Blanket Bingo
movies with Frankie Avalon in the 1960s, coincided with the opening of Anaheim's Disneyland, which is where she made one of her last public appearances.
Let's look back at the visits to the park over the years by the girl/woman described as "America's Sweetheart," the best-known Mouseketeer and Walt Disney's muse.
In 1961, she joins some fellows on Main Street USA to promote Win a Date With Annette
, a Disney-proposed TV show. The park's grand opening was six years before:
In 1962, Funicello appeared with the Golden Horseshoe Revue:
A "Disneyland After Dark" segment featuring Funicello was part of the April 15, 1962, TV broadcast of Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color
. Here's a promo card: