Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by milanessa, Apr 8, 2013.
Multiple sclerosis is a horrible disease. Her beach movies with Frankie Avalon came out before my time but I remember watching them with my mom when I was a kid.
RIP, Annette. Another icon of my long-ago childhood is gone.
Bless her heart. What a wonderful lady she was. I have Back to the Beach on DVD, so I'm going to watch it today and think of her.
Annette Funicello, Mouseketeer and film star, dies
By FRAZIER MOORE - AP— Apr. 8 1:26 PM EDT
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She was a vibrant, talented teenager; who became a beautiful, and courageous woman.
What an example she was to anyone who faces a debilitating and disabling disease.
Thank you, Annette.
Could an Admin. combine the threads?
I remember watching her on the MMC in 1955 when I was 9. Another piece of my childhood gone..
Me too, FGRSK8. Long before Marcia Brady, all the boys I knew had a serious crush on Annette but girls liked her too & wanted to be like her. I sent away to the Disney Studio & got a membership to the Mickey Mouse club because of her & I never missed an episode. My ears are long gone but I still have my membership card (somewhere).
Even though I'd watched re-runs of MMC as a little kid, I had no idea the "Annette" on the show was Annette Funicello. My first real recollection of who she was occurred when I saw Grease in the movie theatre with my Mom, and one of the lines in it was "No one has jugs like Annette." I had to ask my Mom who they were talking about .
So many of us growing up in the US in the 50s/60s knew Annette from TV, then the movies, then the Skippy peanut butter ads. She was never less than classy, warm and sweet. She did much good for awareness about MS.
Condolences to her family. RIP brave lady.
Pretty sure this was the first Annette Funicello song I ever heard, and it's still a favorite: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Lt5XSPsUI
What a classy, classy lady. She'll be missed!
I had the series of mystery books ("Mystery at Smugglers' Cove", "Sierra Summer", "Mystery at Moonstone Bay", "Mystery at Medicine Wheel" and "The Desert Inn Mystery") and I still have this set of paper dolls. Of course mine are cut out.
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Cyn, I thought that line was "would you try that crap with Annette?" Who knew?
RIP, Annette. Grace and dignity personified.
Last year, W5 (Canada's 60 Minutes) did an episode on Annette and what she and her husband have gone through w/her MS and were dealing w/right then. CTV's Health Reporter Avis Favaro was the one who did the piece and after the CTV Toronto 6pm News Team had gone through the passing of Margaret Thatcher and all that entailed, then they announced Annette had passed away as well today and talked to Avis. The first question she was asked was one I've wondered about ever since seeing the W5 piece last year....Why Canada and W5? Why not 60 Minutes or a Barbara Walters special.
Simple. Avis said they'd seen the pieces CTV/W5 had done on the theory about blocked neck arteries being a factor in MS and they were very impressed w/how the report was done w/dignity and compassion towards those patients in the story. Avis also said another factor very well could have been that if they had gone to one of the US shows/networks, would it have focused on the MS and the Foundation set up by them to help raise money for the fight to find a cure and/or treatment for MS? No, more than likely not.
We've all seen those pieces in the past and know what they're like. W5 didn't do that and told Annette's story and MS fight the way it deserved to be done. W/compassion, dignity and focusing on just how vicious and devastating this cruel disease is.
I remember sitting there feeling literally sick at what this vicious disease had done to such a vibrant, feisty and lovely lady. Just...
While I do feel for the Family and her Friends, at the same time....After seeing what she's had to go through the last ten years and the way she was in that episode of W5 I also can't be sad either. As her Children said in the statement they released and what I said when I learned the news earlier tonight, I *know* she's up there laughing, singing and dancing again.
Condolences to her Family and Friends. Godspeed Lovely Lady.
I LOVED the "Annette" series on Mickey Mouse Club! It was corny of course (country girl Annette comes to live with her wealthy family, meets both cool people and mean girls, goes thru a transformation from long-haired, old-fashioned country hick to short-haired, modern sexy chic girl, is met with jealousy from the lead mean girl and is accused of stealing her necklace, but all become friends at the end), but I rushed home from school to watch each episode! I thought Annette was Elizabeth Taylor reborn.
But wow, to be honest, I thought she had died years ago.
When I was a kid, I couldn't decide whether I wanted to be Annette or Sandra Dee. Sadly, both are gone now.
Oh goodness, what sad news today. MS is such a horrible, cruel disease but she faced it with such courage, compassion, and class. Sending thoughts and prayers to Annette's friends and family and I truly believe she's finally dancing, laughing, and singing again in heaven now. RIP Annette.
"Avis also said another factor very well could have been that if they had gone to one of the US shows/networks, would it have focused on the MS and the Foundation set up by them to help raise money for the fight to find a cure and/or treatment for MS? No, more than likely not."
This seems to be my day for clarifying things for others that looked awfully straight forward to me on various boards...
They would have sensationalized the story more than focusing on what her husband (whose name I'm blanking on, so no disrespect intended) and Family wanted. Like, "See how America's Sweetheart has gone from the Golden Child to needing every little thing done for her...Etc, etc, etc...." That did *not* take place in the W5 piece and as I said earlier, the entire episode was handled w/great compassion, dignity and understanding of what the intent of the piece was. To try and raise awareness of MS and also to try and get the various trials or investigations out there in the US that had been looking at the Liberation Therapy back up.
That's what Avis meant when she said that and it seemed pretty clear to me at the time and still does. I also pretty much wrote what she said when asked about that, so I don't get what's got you confused about it.
RIP, Annette. May there some day be a cure for MS.
This one stings more than most other RIPs I've done here over the years. She was very much a contemporary, I was about 3 months older, and my 1st crush. I've followed her over the years and have been impressed by her. Let's just say she was not Lindsey Lohan. Like most everyone I knew of her MS and have been expecting this news for years. Still, the news comes as a most unpleasant surprise. My condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.
She was every boy's crush and every girl's best friend. RIP Annette.
Wonderful photos of Annette at Disneyland throughout the years, shared by the Disney Parks Blog.
RIP to a classy lady.
That was in the lyrics for "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" (I didn't know who Sandra Dee was at the time, either ). The line about Annette's jugs was dialogue between the T-Birds .
"Babes in Toyland" was my favorite movie as a very young child; it starred Annette and Tommy Sands, the Brittney-and-Justin of their day but with better voices. My daughter bought the DVD for me as a present once and you know what, they really were gorgeous people despite the silly costumes. Find "Just a Whisper Away" on ITunes if you want to hear what they sounded like, lovely song.
My sister died of MS too, four years ago, and it is a miserable, heartless disease. RIP Annette.
It was probably cut when shown on TV - I guess I've watched it on TV too much. I didn't remember that line from the movie.
My confusion was that you were unable to praise the program without putting down the US/US filmmakers.
I'm so sorry, PRlady.
Really? Can't handle the truth about the majority of US Television so called news specials these days?
As I said, I think it's safe to say most of us know what direction it would have gone if Annette's Husband and Family had gone to one of the major US Networks over this. I say again, W5 treated Annette, her Husband and Family w/class, compassion, but most importantly : Dignity. Could that have happened w/an US network? Possiblty, but all they care for the most part anymore are ratings and as I said, we have all seen how a story such as Annette's has been handled in the past and it's never good. Are there exceptions? Yes, but they are few and far between.
And now I'm off to add you to my Ignore list, as for some reason you tend to jump on my posts in threads of late for whatever reason and, most importantly, you highjacking this thread over something no one else has gotten into a fit over is rather disrespectful to those coming in here to share their Memories of a truly Lovely Lady. That ends right now!!
Pretty sure it's not taf hijacking the thread.
I don't think she heard you.
RIP, Annette. You suffered so much but brought much positivity to the world. Many young stars of today would do well to emulate what you were, a lady.
you seriously need to get over your pompous self
(and sorry to say, but admins can't be ignored. I'm sure you already figured that out, though )
Would everyone please take the argument offline and let this thread properly focus on paying tribute to Ms. Funicello?
Grannyfan, may I add that, in my own case, I would have loved to have been Connie Stevens, too. (or just about any girl who got to kiss Troy Donahue when he was young and gorgeous.
Actually, as far as the Mouseketeers go, I also liked Cheryl and Sharon alot, too. Miss those shows, silly or not!
duane, wasn't the "Annette" series the one where she was accused of stealing a necklace that had actually slipped down inside the piano??? God, the things that are totally useless that I still remember!
I am glad Annette is gone; she suffered too long and too much. I remember seeing her a few years ago in an interview and she could barely speak but she did say she wanted to dance again. Now she can.
Thanks for all those great times, Annette.
I'll think of Annette, doing just that.
That's the one!
A wonderful dear friend of mine with MS passed away a little over three years ago. She survived for 12 years, but the disease caused several complications and she ended up with Necrotizing Fasciitis like I had. She lost both of her legs, and then she passed away.
Rest in peace (((Dear Annette))) <3
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