While Britain mourns the Iron Lady, we mourn a mouseketeer. Annette Funicello died yesterday at age 70 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.
Whether you watched her on the Mickey Mouse Club in the 50s, in the Beach Party movies in the 60s, or Skippy Peanut Butter commercials in the 70s, we all knew who Annette was and how special she was.
As a Mouseketter on the original Mickey Mouse Club show, she was the Mouseketeer that boys wanted for their girlfriend and girls wanted for their best friend. Frankie Avalon, her co-star in the beach party movies of the 60s said she was as sweet as she was beautiful.