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    Annette Funicello: Ultimate Beach Party Queen And Original Mouseketeer


    Today we lost a legend.

    She had style,


    And a sense of adventure.

    She was a friend to animals.

    She gave us Babes In Toyland,

    The Shaggy Dog,

    How To Stuff A Wild Bikini,

    The Misadventures of Merlin Jones,

    Fireball 500,

    And Super Fink (whatever that was).

    But oh! She was also the queen of parties.

    Like Beach Party,

    Muscle Beach Party,

    Pajama Party,

    and Beach Blanket Bingo.

    There was also a time they went back to the beach in the '80s... with Pee-Wee Herman.

    (Weren't she and Frankie Avalon just the cutest?)

    Sure, she was the Bicycle Queen of 1959.

    But she was also enough of a babe to get her own surfboard with her name on it.

    And let's not forget that she was one of the very first members of the Mickey Mouse Club!

    Rest In Peace, Annette Funicello. You will be missed.