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At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

At year's end: Hollywood icons mourned: Gandolfini, Monteith, Walker

2013 saw the sad passings of numerous titans of the entertainment industry, including "Bathing Beauty" star Esther Williams, "All in the Family" matriarch Jean Stapleton, "Rebecca" actress Joan Fontaine and "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Peter O'Toole.
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Avalon says he's glad Funicello's suffering is over

Avalon says he's glad Funicello's suffering is over

NEW YORK, April 9 (UPI) -- U.S. actor and singer Frankie Avalon says it makes him smile to know his late friend and co-star Annette Funicello is at peace after years of suffering.

Former 'Mickey Mouse Club' star Annette Funicello dead at 70

BAKERSFIELD, Calif., April 8 (UPI) -- Pop-culture icon Annette Funicello died of complications from multiple sclerosis Monday at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., her family said.

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Disney World drops CD machines

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Chalk up another loss of a bygone era as Walt Disney World closes an obscure attraction that burned old Disney music from a gentler time on to CDs. The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that tucked away in the corners of Walt Disney World were "Wonderlan

Cheetah Girls latest roar from Disney

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- The Disney Channel's formula for cranking out musical groups continues as the Cheetah Girls is taking the U.S. teen scene by storm.

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Today is Saturday, Oct. 22, the 295th day of 2005 with 70 to follow.
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Annette Joanne Funicello (born October 22, 1942) is an American singer and actress. She was Walt Disney's most popular cast member of The Mickey Mouse Club, and went on to appear in a series of beach party films.

Born in Utica, New York to Italian-Americans Joseph and Virginia Funicello, she took dancing and music lessons as a child to try to overcome shyness. Her family moved to Southern California when she was four years old.

In 1955, the 12-year-old was discovered by Walt Disney as she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at a dance recital in Burbank, California. On the basis of this appearance, Disney cast her as one of the original "Mouseketeers". She was the last to be selected, and the only one picked by Walt Disney. She soon proved to be very popular. By the end of the first season of Mickey Mouse Club, she was receiving 6,000 letters a month, according to her Disney Legends biography.

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