Annette Funicello's Life in Pictures

From her Disney days to her beach movies to her heartbreaking battle with MS, we remember the original Mouseketeer

  • A STAR IS BORN photo | Annette Funicello

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Updated: Monday Apr 08, 2013 | 04:35 PM EDT By: Kiran Hefa and Alison Schwartz

A STAR IS BORN

Born Oct. 22, 1942, in Utica, N.Y., Annette Funicello moved to Southern California with her family at age 4. A natural performer, she was discovered by Walt Disney in 1955, when the movie exec, who was in the process of casting his latest kids' TV program, saw her playing the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at the Burbank Starlite Bowl.