Tuesday Apr 30
"Forever Let Us Hold Our Banner High!"
The death of Annette Funicello this month set off a wave of nostalgia among baby boomers who remember her as the star of the "Mouseketeers" of the original Mickey Mouse Club .
Annette Funicello stole America's heart as a Mouseketeer
Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, Annette Joanne Funicello was the daughter of Italian Americans Joseph Funicello and Virginia Albano.
Mickey Mouse Club star Annette Funicello dies at age 70
"She's on her toes dancing in heaven... no more MS. My brothers and I were there, holding her sweet hands when she left us," Funicello's only daughter, Gina Gilardi, said in a statement to Extra.