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Annette Funicello, R.I.P.
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Actress and singer Annette Funicello passed away yesterday after a lengthy battle with MS. She was 70.

Funicello became a TV pioneer as a teenager when she was personally selected by Walt Disney to be a charter member of the Mickey Mouse Club. 

But Funicello is perhaps best known for her series of Beach Blanket movies in the early to mid-1960s with singer Frankie Avalon. 

Funicello and Avalon enjoyed a brief resurgence in the late 1980s and early 1990s when they reunited for Back to the Beach and a subsequent tour. However, it was during this time that Funicello was diagnosed with MS. However, she kept her condition a secret until 1992. 

Soon after, Funicello faded from the public limelight. 

Personally, when I think of Funicello I think the series of commercials she did for Skippy Peanut Butter. 

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