Annette Funicello—Mouseketeer, beach movie queen, and peanut butter spokesperson—died today, April 8, 2013, at age 70.
In her honor, here are some clips from various points in her career.
Mouseketeer Annette performs a ballet as Jimmy Dodd sings “Annette,” a song he wrote for her, in the “Mouseketeers In Paris” segment of The Mickey Mouse Club (1956).
Opening credits to Beach Blanket Bingo, starring Funicello and Frankie Avalon (1965).
The song “Beach Blanket Bingo” starts at the 01:57 mark.
One of a series of Skippy peanut butter commercials featuring Funicello (1981)