09:08 PM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 04/13/2013 04:15PM
PEOPLE.com readers apparently love a happy story, like the one for The Talk co-host Sara Gilbert and Linda Perry: they're engaged, the actress announced this week.
On the saddest note, the country lost its first Girl Next Door of the TV generation, Annette Funicello.
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Originally posted 04/08/2013 05:00PM
Look back at the golden-voiced late star's big moments, from her Mouseketeer days to cavorting on the beach with Frankie Avalon
Originally posted 04/08/2013 01:10PM
Annette Funicello, the ultimate Girl Next Door to a generation of Baby Boomers who first fell in love with her on the original 1955-59 incarnation of The Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 70.
Her family told Extra that Funicello passed away from complications of her illness, and they were by her side when she was taken off life support. Funicello had been in an MS coma for years.
"She's on her toes dancing in heaven. No more MS," Gina Gilardi, Funicello's daughter, tells Extra. "My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us."
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