I am so glad that I worked with and knew Annette, America’s Sweetheart for nearly 60 years. She lived a life that was larger than most, and was a much deeper person than most people ever knew.
I feel especially saddened that my TV Sis, Shelley Fabares, has lost a lifelong friend and compatriot.
For Glenn and the rest of Annette’s family…including all of us who got to share in Annie’s life as friends and fans…and share we did…be proud of this good woman’s contribution to not just our culture, but for the manner in which she faced adversity.
Annette, we will always love you.
Paul Petersen for AMC
Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular “Mouseketeers” on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles “O Dio Mio,” “Tall Paul” and “Pineapple Princess”, as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful “Beach Party” genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.
In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She died of complications from the disease on April 8, 2013.