Transcript for Disney Remembers First Mouseketeer Annette Funicello
finally tonight, we remember one of our own. Annette fun cello, the first mouseketeer to become a break-out star has died. The chairman of our parent company disney said she was one of walt disney's brightest stars, as beautiful inside as she was on the outside. Abc's cecilia vega reminds us of that smile. ♪ she was america's original sweetheart in an age of brak and white, in innocence. That song, the anthem to america's childhood, a nation of fans today singing along. ♪ it was 19 fife fife when the mickey mouse club debuted. That sweet brunette in the mouse ears quickly became the most popular member. Receiving at the height of her fame, even more fan mail than mickey mouse himself. Every girl wanted to be annette fun cello, every boy wanted to date her. I think he likes you. I like him too. Reporter: Walt disney annette dancing in a school production of swan lake when she was just 13. ♪ I'm a fluke in the business. I was not the best singer. I was not the best dancer. I was not the most attractive of the girls. So why me? Why me? ♪ Reporter: She carried her wholesome image with her to those beach party movies with frankie avalon. They were "the" teen idols of the 1960s. BY THE 1980s SHE APPEARED AS America's mom. Later she lived with multiple sclerosis, finally losing that 25-year battle today. ♪ Reporter: And now it's time to say goodbye to the original mouseketeer. Cecilia vega, abc news, los angeles. ♪ pretty great singer and dancer and a lovely spirit.
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