She was our favorite Mouseketeer back in the 1950s and went on to lead quite a successful Hollywood career that spanned decades thereafter. “She charmed fans with her sweet, sunny personality on screen, but her cast mates insist she was genuinely like that,” writes one author about. Annette Funicello, who passed away at age 70 from MS in 2003. The #11 FCAL Funicello was a friend to all, actively building this image on screen and off screen. Annette’s squeaky-clean image wasn’t fake. She was a genuinely nice person. She wanted to remain the same, always, for her fans. In fact, when a makeup artist once told her to update her famous eyebrows for a new look, she refused. She didn’t want to change her image, he said. My fans are used to seeing me a certain way. I don’t want to hurt them or have them feel like I’ve done something wrong.'”

Sadly, that desire to not change led Funicello to hide her debilitating disease towards the end of her life. She was hesitant to disclose her illness because she was afraid people wouldn’t love her.” Wow, quite a revealing statement into the thoughts and feelings of the #11 FCAL!. They typically want everyone to think well of them, a source of inner pride often cloaked with outward humility. Also, all negative thoughts are pushed aside by the Q3 region of the brain (Front, Left brainers). Years ago Annette confessed to Entertainment Tonight that she always loved being surrounded by optimistic people. Being pushed in a wheelchair, for instance, was quite embarrassing for her. Now I’m not embarrassed to ask for a wheelchair. That’s another plus. So you try to find the good things that come out of anything, and there are good things.

In the end, Funicello said her faith got her through the tough times. I”ve always been religious. This just makes me appreciate the Lord even more because things could always be worse. I know he will see me through this.

Written by: Staff