Glamorous Knitters : Annette Funicello

Anyone who grew up in the 1950’s remembers Annette Funicello, the most popular of the Mouseketeers on the original Mickey Mouse Club, which ran from 1955-59.   Here she is, apparently on the set, busily getting started on a new knitting project.  Annette grew up to star in a series of beach movies with Frankie Avalon, but after she married, did only occasional acting. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987, she became a spokesperson for treatment and research, and was widely respected for the courage and dignity with which she coped with her own disease. Annette died today, April 8, 2013, from complications of MS. When I was in third grade, I wanted to be Annette. May she rest in peace.

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