This week we were saddened to learn about the passing of 1960s surf film star and legend, Annette Funicello. Before Victoria Justice, Miley Cyrus, and even Britney Spears there was Annette Funicello who epitomized teen stardom throughout the 1950s and 60s.
Growing up in public is especially hard sometimes . . .
Born October 22, 1942, Annette Funicello is best known as a mouseketeer on “The Mickey Mouse Club”, and rising to teen stardom alongside pal Frankie Avalon (check out “Teen Idol Worship“)in a series of popular beach movies including Beach Party (1963), Muscle Beach Party (1964), Bikini Beach (1964), Pajama Party (1964), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965) and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965). These films would help create that mythic ideal of that 1960s surf rock beach paradise you are always dreaming of . . .
The Teen Dream Queen rocked it out in a bikini with a surf board surrounded by musclebound gods to become an icon of the surf lifestyle that the entire globe looked and aspired to. Granted, it was a more wholesome version of real California surf culture, it is still a cornerstone of popular culture to this day.
We love her sexy and sassy looks, and wanted to remember her with a gallery of some of our favourite looks and images of this surf style legend. Annette Funicello passed away at age 70 on April 8, 2013.
Forever a Star.
Always and Forever,