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Your Inspirational Quote Saturday May 14 2011


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Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon Circa 1960

Annette Funicello Today

Blog Post Boomer 54 Mark

I do not watch a lot of tv but happened to watch Entertainment Tonight last night.

Mary Hart, the host, is leaving the show, and ET is remembering some of her most memorable interviews from the last 30 years. One of them was with Annette Funicello and her battle with MS.

What baby boomer male growing up in the fifties and sixties did not have a crush on her. Here are a few quotes from Annette and I have included a couple of videos featuring her then and now.

“When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second your whole life could change.”

“For me, the wheelchair symbolizes disability in a way a cane does not.”

“In the United States women develop MS at approximately twice the rate men do, and no one can explain why women are affected most often from the waist down.”Annette Funicello multiple sclerosis 150x150 Your Inspirational Quote Saturday May 14 2011

“As I travel across the country speaking about MS, perhaps I can offer others comfort and hope.”

“The Lord has been with me throughout my life. He’s never let me down.”

~Annette Funicello

Trivia: 10 Things You May Not Know About Annette Funicello

1. Underwent brain surgery to slow down the tremors which result from her MS. Is recovering at home. [November 1999]

2. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987.

3. Her son, Jason Gilardi, is the drummer for the rock band “Caroline’s Spine”, which was once signed to the Disney-owned label Hollywood Records. He also appears as “Himself” in her biopic, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995) (TV).

4. Measurements: 36-22-36 as stated by her on her 18th birthday (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).

5. When she made the various beach pictures for American International Pictures (AIP), she was still technically under contract to Disney, doing the AIP films on a loan-out basis, something of which Walt Disney always emphatically reminded her.

6. Her favorite TV series was “Zorro” (1957). For her birthday one year, Walt Disney (who knew she was a fan of the show) arranged to have her guest star on one episode.

7. When she was cast in her first beach movie, Walt Disney asked her to not wear a bikini and instead wear a one-piece swimsuit because she had an image to uphold. She agreed.

8. Paul Anka wrote the song “Puppy Love” about his romance with her.

9. When she began working for the Disney studio, she suggested to her employer that she change her Italian family name of Funicello to something more “American” as was often done in those days. Walt Disney vehemently argued against this idea, saying that her own name was actually an asset because it was so unique that no one who heard it would ever be able to forget it and convinced the young actress to retain it.

(March 2011) Her home suffered major damage and wheelchair-bound Annette & husband were hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation.

Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays:

1961 (50) Tim Roth Actor, boomers remember him in the Tarantino directed film “Resevoir Dogs”

1952 (59) David Byrne Lead singer for the band “Talking Heads”

1951 (60) Robert Zemeckis Movie director notably “Back To The Future” “Forrest Gump”

In the category of I can’t believe he is that old:

1944 (67) George Lucas Movie director, notably the “Star Wars” saga

About the author: Boomer54 Mark is the publisher and senior editor of Baby Boomer Talk Online. He likes to be helpful to other boomers sharing useful information he gleans from the web. He attempts to go through life being positive and spreads this to the boomer world via email with inspirational quotes and videos. He is living in America’s finest city, San Diego, with his wife, The Red Headed Trip , and his two Boxer Dogs, Gabe and Luke.

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