WHTR Honors Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello

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WhoHasTheRemote.com is saddened to learn that former Mouseketeer, singer, and actress Annette Funicello has passed away. Following a report in the New York Times that confirmed her death, Who Has The Remote? honors Funicello with a look back at her accomplishments and influence on society.

Who Has The Remote? honors former teen idol Annette Funicello, who passed away at age 70 on Monday, April 8, 2013. The actress and singer had been in a coma for years prior to her death, due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis. According to The New York Times, Ms. Funicello was first diagnosed with MS in 1987 but kept her condition secret for five years. WhoHasTheRemote.com looks back at the artist’s life and work and honors her for her influence on aspiring teen idols.

Annette was best known as one of the first Disney Mouseketeers and star of several 1960s beach movies. The self-described “queen of teen,” is remembered for her clean image as an idol that many girls aspired to emulate.

Her career began when she was cast as one of the original 24 Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club. Annette quickly became a household name, appealing to audiences with her sweet, straightforward nature. She was the epitome of modesty and cheer; a teen idol that young women could really look up to. When she was approached about filming beach movies, Walt Disney told her he thought it was a fun idea. He asked her to wear a modest one-piece bathing suit to keep from compromising her wholesome image. Ms. Funicello readily agreed. Her image was preserved throughout her lifetime, even as fans watched reruns of her movies and The Mickey Mouse Club on satellite television in later years.

Today’s values differ from those of the 1950s and 60s, but Who Has The Remote? believes that young men and women can still learn a lot from looking back at Annette’s life. She was ambitious, but she also stuck to her early aspirations and morals. Children today are taught that they can be anything they want to be. Annette is proof of that. She had great success in the entertainment industry, but she didn’t succumb to pressures to keep going. After marrying at age 22 and having three children, Ms. Funicello made a few movies and television commercials, but she devoted herself to what she loved best—her family.

Who Has The Remote? mourns the loss of Annette Funicello and honors her for her influence on young men and women from the start of her career in 1955 until her later years. Looking back at her accomplishments, WhoHasTheRemote.com believes that aspiring young artists can learn a great deal from the life and work of the former Mouseketeer.

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