She was the quintessential girl next door, as presented by Disney, during her stint on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 50's. But, like later starlets like Britney Spears, Annette Funicello stepped out of Walt Disney's shadow with a series of beach movies with fellow pop icon Frankie Avalon in the 60's. After a series of commercials promoting Skippy peanut butter, beginning in 1979, Annette stepped away from the spotlight, returning for the occasional special or movie project.
Today, we celebrate her life and career, as Annette lost her battle with multiple sclerosis at 70.
Not only did Annette venture into movies during the 60's, but also the pop charts, scoring with such hits as "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess". Following, however, is the title tune from the Disney movie, "The Monkey's Uncle". And look who's playing behind Annette-----The Beach Boys!
I can't honestly say how much peanut butter Annette sold in the 80's, but, trust me, if they had asked her to sell anything at all, from bug spray to cough syrup, it'd probably have been big business nonetheless.
Rest in peace, Annette.