Annette Funicello passes away at age 70.

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It is with deep sadness that My Dreams of Disney reports the passing of Annette Funicello, one of the original members of the Mickey Mouse Club.  She was 70 years old, and died of complications from multiple sclerosis.  Annette had a wonderful career, in and outside of Disney, but it is her work on the Mickey Mouse Club that I remember most.  While the show was on before I was born, running in the 50s, I was able to pick up the show more recently via the Internet.

In tribute to her work and career, we here at My Dreams of Disney have a few YouTube videos to share with you, starting with this one, the Mickey Mouse Club song.

In addition to the song, we also dug up a spinoff show that ran in the 1950s starring Annette Funicello.  It was called Walt Disney Presents: Annette, and here is the first show of that TV series.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Funicello family in their time of grief.  May she rest in peace, and may God’s Peace and Strength descend upon the family and their friends (and us, the fans) in their time of grief.