Annette Funicello through the years
A member of the original "Mickey Mouse" club, Annette Funicello was also a successful pop singer and starred in several beach-themed movies ("Beach Party," "Beach Blanket Bingo") in the 1960s.
Annette Funicello as a "Mouseketeer" on Walt Disney's TV series the "Mickey Mouse Club."
Sixteen-year-old Annette Funicello, with her dog doll, at Idlewild Airport in New York. (March 24, 1959)
Sixteen-year-old Annette Funicello at Idlewild Airport in New York
Annette Funicello, right, and former child film star Shirley Temple hold a miniature Oscar statuette at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles in April 1961.
Singer Frankie Avalon and actress Annette Funicello on Malibu Beach during filming of "Beauty Party" in California.
Annette Funicello tries to calm boisterous cowboys with a song in a Wild West skit on TV's "The Golden Horseshoe Revue." (June 9, 1963)
Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello accepts the award for best children's programming for "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" on behalf of Walt Disney studios at the Emmy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, Calif. (May 26, 1963)
Annette Funicello performs with the Kingsmen during the filming of "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" in Hollywood, Calif. (Aug. 24, 1964)
Annette Funicello with her husband-to-be, her manager, Jack Gilardi, in Hollywood, Calif. (Nov. 17, 1964)
Annette Funicello leaves St. Cyril's Roman Catholic church in Encino, Calif., with her husband and agent, Jack Gilardi, after their marriage. She is 22 and he is 34. (Jan. 9, 1965)
Actress and former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello holds her infant son, 7-month-old Jason, while watching a revival TV show of the old Mickey Mouse Club series with 9-year-old daughter Gina and 5-year-old son Jack Jr., at her home in Burbank, Calif. (March 11, 1975)
Working together again after a separation of 10 years Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello chat during a break in the filming of another beach movie in Los Angeles. (Aug. 26, 1977)
Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.
Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, have their feet in the sand again for "Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around," a musical story airing on NBC. Annette plays a sorority housemother at a college in Malibu and Frankie is a singer. (Oct. 18, 1978)
Executive producer Dick Clark welcomes former "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello to the party on the "ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration," a gala four-hour telecast. (January 1978)
Annette Funicello recalls moments when she played a "Mouseketeer" on ABC's first successful daytime television show,"The Mickey Mouse Club" in Los Angeles, while taping an ABC Silver Anniversary Celebration specia. (Jan. 3, 1978)
Annette Funicello, who grew from a beloved Disney child star to the queen of teen "beach party" movies, died April 8, 2013 at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif. She was 70.
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Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon in a publicity shot from the movie "Back to the Beach."
Actress and former Mickey Mouse Club member Annette Funicello arrives for the 15th annual Italian American Foundation dinner in Washington, D.C. (Oct. 20, 1990)
Annette Funicello gets set to put her hands in the cement at Walt Disney Studios Theatre, in Burbank, Calif., as she is honored with the Disney Legend Award. (Oct. 21, 1992)
Annette Funicello kisses Mickey Mouse after she receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in California. (Sept. 14, 1993)
Former "Mouseketeer" Annette Funicello shares a moment with Mickey Mouse, as her husband Glen Holt looks on, during the Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremonies in Los Angeles. (Sept. 14, 1994)