by Chéri Marie
Hollywood and the world today lost Annette Funicello, beloved actress and Disney icon. She was 70 years old.
Growing up, I would watch the old Disney films starring the beautiful Annette and the old show the “Mickey Mouse Club”, which later went on to feature young aspiring dreamers who became many of the pop stars we have today. She also had a beautiful singing voice! I just loved watching the old beach movies with Annette and I loved her personality. She was one of the many things that shaped my childhood and aspirations of becoming an actress myself….
Today we lost someone who was a true “class act”. Not only was she beautiful and talented, but she represented everything that was kind and wholesome, and in the process captured Americans’ hearts.
*See the “Z” symbol on her board? Con Surfboards kindly donated an amazing long board as a gift for my final project to graduate university and that is their iconic logo. They are incredible people. They are California surf culture personified, which Annette helped in her beach movies 🙂
Thank you Annette Funicello. May you rest in peace.