She went from the most popular Mouseketeer to beach party movie icon. Today, the Walt Disney Company says Annette Funicello has died. In 1992, she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which eventually forced her into a wheelchair.
Funicello was catapulted onto the big screen, always playing the wholesome girl next door. Her greatest success came in a series of beach movies with Frankie Avalon, but most fans will remember her as the perky, smiling Mouseketeer.
Funicello was 70 years old.