*MICKEY MOUSE CLUB: Annette Funicello, the most famous Mouskeer was discovered by Walt Disney. She was hired for her dancing skills and assigned to the Red Team and Roll Call, where she stayed all three seasons. She was the only Mouseketeer retained on contract after the third season. Received the Disney Legends Award.
Annette Funicello (1942–2013) was an American actress and singer. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club. She transitioned to a successful career as a singer as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.
Annette Funicello / In 1955, Walt Disney cast 12-year-old Annette on The Mickey Mouse Club. She eventually parlayed her girl-next-door image into starring roles in teen beach-romp movies with Frankie Avalon. In 1987, while filming another beach movie with him (as parents by then) she experienced symptoms later diagnosed as multiple sclerosis. In her last years, she was in an MS coma, finally succumbing to the disease at age 70 on April 8, 2013.