Annette Funicello, who died Monday at age 70, will be forever remembered as the child performer from the "Mickey Mouse Club." And it was on this program, which aired in its original incarnation from 1955 to 1959, that the broadest range of the young star's talents were displayed.
She was first discovered by Walt Disney during a ballet performance for her school in Burbank, and later on "The Mickey Mouse Club" she was allowed to showcase those ballet skills.
She also acted in several of the show's serials and even got her own serial, "Annette," in which she played a country girl who moves in with her city-dwelling and sophisticated aunt and uncle.
In addition to her acting and dancing, Funicello became a recording star because of a song she performed on the show. "How Will I Know My Love," and the fan reaction to it, caused Disney to give her a recording contract.