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In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
She died of complications from the disease on April 8, 2013.
When she began working for the Disney studio, she suggested to her employer that she change her Italian family name of Funicello to something more "American", as was often done in those days.
Walt Disney vehemently argued against this idea, saying that her own name was actually an asset because it was so unique that no one who heard it would ever be able to forget it. When she made the various beach pictures for American International Pictures (AIP), she was still technically under contract to Disney, doing the AIP films on a loan-out basis, something of which Walt Disney always emphatically reminded her.
It came about when "Television's Singing Troubadour, Jimmie Jackson" arranged for her to be given the designation of the "Sweetheart of the San Fernando Valley Mayors" at the May 2, 1957, grand opening of his new Tambour restaurant (tambour is African for "Drum") in Tarzana.
Jackson was a longtime friend of Annette's parents Joe and Virginia, and wanted to do something special for their daughter in connection with his restaurant's opening.
Jackson called together some of his old friends and former guests from his Hollywood television show, "Memory Lane" who were now "Honorary" mayors of various small towns in the San Fernando Valley.
Covering the event was the "Valley News and Green Sheet"--now "The Valley News"--and the Los Angeles Times. Annette would also appear with Jackson and Sloane five years later in a television special titled, An Evening at the Inn (1962).
When she was young she had great legs and feet and many men fell for her good looks.
She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club.
As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles "O Dio Mio," "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess", as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.
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Starring Frankie Avalon, The New Adventures of Spin and Marty, The Music Shop When asked in a 20/20 interview how she got the role as a mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club program, she replied: "I was the ethnic one.