America's sweetheart passed away earlier today after a long battle with MS.
Funicello started her career early as part of the Mousketeers and gained popularity alongside Frankie Avalon in movies such as Beach Blanket Bingo.
Always a Disney girl at heart, Funicello titled her autobiography "A Dream is a Wish your Heart Makes".
She tried for many years to keep the details of her medical condition away from the public eye..but eventually was forced to reveal the private details when rumors and and mean spirited gossip began that her impairment was due to alcoholism.
Funicello was a definite role model for many young girls and will always be America's sweetheart. I hope she realized all the dreams that her heart ever wished for.