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Britney Spears Tweets Grief Over Mouseketeer Annette Funicello

Poor Britney. The ‘X Factor’ host revealed she was completely devastated over the passing of role model and fellow Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, who died at age 70.

Britney Spears made an embarassing public blunder when a videographer on the street asked how she felt about Annette Funicello‘s passing — and she accidentally said it was “great.” But the pop star spoke out on Twitter and revealed her mistake, and the true grief she’s feeling over her role model’s tragic death.

Britney Spears Reveals Grief Over Annette Funicello’s Passing

“Misheard a question I was asked earlier by press while I was out and about. I am Devastated to hear about the passing of Annette Funicello,” Britney tweeted on April 8.

“She was a role model for me during my days as a Mousketeer. #Heartbroken,” she added a bit later.

Britney Spears Accidentally Says Annette’s Passing Is ‘Great’

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Annette Funicello Passes Away at Age 70

Annette Funicello Passes Away at Age 70
Annette Funicello, who starred in a series of beach movies with Frankie Avalon in the 1960s, passed away at the age of 70. The actress had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1987 and soon thereafter became a spokesperson for the treatment of this disease that attacks the central nervous system.

The actress was first discovered by Walt Disney at the age of 12 during a Burbank dance recital in 1955. Later that year, she joined the cast of Disney's new TV show The Mickey Mouse Club, where she became the biggest star of that cast. After the show ended in 1958, she remained under contract at Disney and starred in her first feature, The Shaggy Dog, in 1959. This lead to a string of Disney films such as Babes in Toyland and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones.

In 1963, she starred in her first "beach" movie with Frankie Avalon entitled Beach Party, which lead to 1964's
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Mouseketeer Annette Funicello dies at 70 of complications from Ms

Former child star was hand-picked by Walt Disney and spoke openly about the degenerative effects of multiple sclerosis

Annette Funicello, who became a child star as a perky, cute-as-a-button Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s, then teamed up with Frankie Avalon on a string of 1960s fun-in-the-sun movies with names like Beach Blanket Bingo and Bikini Beach, died Monday. She was 70.

She died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, of complications from multiple sclerosis, the Walt Disney Co said.

Funicello stunned fans and friends in 1992 with the announcement about her ailment. Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old.

"She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney's brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent," said Bob Iger,
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‘Mouseketeer’ Annette Funicello Dies At 70 Years Old

The legendary singer and actress Annette Funicello has died on April 8, following complications with her multiple sclerosis. So sad!

Famous singer and actress Annette Funicello has died at the age 70 on April 8. At the age of 12, Annette rose to fame as one of Disney’s original “Mousekeeters.” She died in a Bakersfield hospital following a long battle with multiple sclerosis. Such sad news.

Annette Funicello: Dead From Multiple Sclerosis

Annette died on April 8, reports TMZ.

Annette was famous for being a singer, a dancer and for having large breasts. She starred in many films through her decades long career, including The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine and Pajama Party.

She had spoken out in the past and said that she thought of Walt Disney as a second father.

She was married twice, and has three children. She married Jack Gilardi in 1965 and had three kids called Gina,
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Bill Justice obituary

Veteran animator who contributed to every aspect of Disney's output for 42 years

When the veteran animator Bill Justice, who has died aged 97, applied for a job at the Disney studio in 1937, it was on the basis of a 30-day "try-out"; he remained there for the next 42 years, contributing to every facet of Disney's output, from feature films and short cartoons to TV shows and theme park attractions.

Justice was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended the John Herron Art Institute (now a school of Indiana University) to study portrait painting. In 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression, he responded to a Disney recruiting advertisement in Esquire magazine and gave up the weekly income of $65 he was then earning in order to work at Hollywood's most famous cartoon studio, for $12 a week. He began as an "in-betweener" on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
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Bill Justice obituary

Veteran animator who contributed to every aspect of Disney's output for 42 years

When the veteran animator Bill Justice, who has died aged 97, applied for a job at the Disney studio in 1937, it was on the basis of a 30-day "try-out"; he remained there for the next 42 years, contributing to every facet of Disney's output, from feature films and short cartoons to TV shows and theme park attractions.

Justice was born in Dayton, Ohio, and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he attended the John Herron Art Institute (now a school of Indiana University) to study portrait painting. In 1937, in the midst of the Great Depression, he responded to a Disney recruiting advertisement in Esquire magazine and gave up the weekly income of $65 he was then earning in order to work at Hollywood's most famous cartoon studio, for $12 a week. He began as an "in-betweener" on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

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