April 11, 2013
Re "'America's sweetheart,'" Obituary, April 9 When I was a girl, my parents had a birthday brunch for me at the Pump Room in Chicago. The waiter came to our noisy table of 9-year-olds and said Annette Funicello was nearby and could meet the birthday girl. She was with three or four dull grown-ups. Funicello was wearing a purple wrist corsage, which she took off and gave to me. I suspect I was too elated and too stunned to say much, and I don't even know if I got out a proper thank you. Over the years, especially as I heard about her illness, I often meant to write her and tell her what a sweet memory she gave me. But I never did. I have had many run-ins with celebrities, but none has left me with the sense of wonder as when Funicello tied those flowers around my wrist.
April 8, 2013 |
As a merry Mouseketeer and then as a big-screen beach bunny, Annette Funicello, who died Monday at age 70, was the first love for a couple of generations of young Americans. (Perhaps not exclusively male Americans, but people were more tight-lipped about these things in those days.) In her own, small way, she is as memorable a monument of mid-20th-century American womanhood as Marilyn Monroe or Doris Day. Teenage stars, especially those who come out of television, or whose recording careers are presided over by professional hitmakers, are often and often unfairly described as "manufactured," however many records they sell or lives they enliven.
April 8, 2013 |
Annette Funicello, the dark-haired darling of TV's “The Mickey Mouse Club” in the 1950s who further cemented her status as a pop-culture icon in the '60s by teaming with Frankie Avalon in a popular series of “beach” movies, died Monday. She was 70. Funicello, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and became a spokeswoman for treatment of the chronic, often-debilitating disease of the central nervous system, died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Walt Disney Co. spokesman Howard Green said.
October 13, 2011 |
The longtime Encino home of actress and singer Annette Funicello , which was damaged in a fire in March, has sold for $714,250, the Multiple Listing Service shows. Sold as a tear-down, the once 3,376-square-foot house had four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Listing details described the 1960s home as "burnt to the studs. " Funicello, 68, appeared on "The Mickey Mouse Club" (1955-57) as one of the original Mouseketeers and went on to became a teen idol with Frankie Avalon in a series of beach-based party films including "Muscle Beach Party" (1964)
April 9, 2013 |
While former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton considers the pros and cons of trying, once again, to become this nation's first female president and Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns as the bumbling but pencil-skirt-rocking fictional vice president in HBO's "Veep," a strange day took from us two women who helped a generation redefine what it meant to be a woman. It's difficult to imagine former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and former Mouseketeer and pop music star Annette Funicello sharing much beyond today's obituary page - Thatcher died Monday, at 87, of a stroke; Funicello, at 70, of complications arising from multiple sclerosis.
September 27, 1993 |
People who claim there's no creativity in music packaging anymore might want to look at the new boxed set collecting some of the late '50s and early '60s recordings of pop icon Annette Funicello. One side of the booklet inside the box is cut in the shape of an hourglass figure, a.k.a. the one Funicello modestly showed off in a celebrated series of silly beach movies in her post-Mousketeer, pre-Skippy days. Funicello, a still-youthful 50, claims that she never had "sex appeal."