Annette Funicello reported dead

Annette Funicello reported dead

In the 1950s, the original Mickey Mouse Club changed TV…and one of its biggest stars was Annette Funicello.

As the kids who watched grew into teenagers in the 1960s, Annette grew with them…dancing and singing on the beach with Frankie Avalon. While they may seem tame now, at the time, all of those bikinis were daring.

That wouldn’t have been enough for them to still have fans decades later. No question, Annette Funicello, with her sweet smile and fun attitude (and chemistry with Frankie) was part of what made them last.

Was Annette a geek star?


Sure, the beach party movies included some fantasy elements, but it was much more than that.

Annette’s geek friendly credits include:

  • The Shaggy Dog
  • Babes in Toyland
  • The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  • The Monkey’s Uncle
  • Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (cameo)
  • Head (the Monkees movie…one of the screenwriters was Jack Nicholson)
  • Fantasy Island

Good-bye, Annette…the world is less swingin’ without you.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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