You have no doubt learned of the passing of Annette – only the first name is necessary – the 1950s /early 60s icon, who personified the era as much as anyone. She gave a lot of good times to those lucky to have grown up in the day – the movies, the music, the memories – yet suffered the past twenty-plus years with MS. In fact, we posted a little tribute just weeks ago(below) , after learning about her and her husband’s efforts to gain more funding for not only her plight but Multiple Schlerosis sufferers, in general… Will follow up with some more classic videos and fun memories that will come alive again for many of you, we’re sure. More @ http://oldiescountry.blogspot.com/2013/04/annette-once-bigger-than-life-another.html
Annette had an incredible run of 10 Top 20 hits and 5 Top 10 hits in the two year period, 1959-1960, and then became quite a movie star, with at least six ‘beach’ movies between 1963-1965 and followed up with a popular ‘reunion’ movie, ‘Back To The Beach’ with Franie Avalon and the gang, in 1987, shortly before being diagnosed with MS…
Congrats to Glen for ‘lifting the curtain’ of MS, so as to perhaps help others being such a great inspiration to
Annette, who has always been a great inspiration to so many of us form her days on the Mickey Mouse Club to her positive, fun movies and music and lifestyle.
I saw Annette with Frankie Avalon about 20 years ago at Pleasanton, CA –
Alameda county fair, just before she stopped performing.
It was a great show and we would have hardly known she was
already dealing with early stage Multiple Sclerosis
We think it is great that Annette has came out with her updated story with video now, with the help and encouragement of Glen. We think it’s a beautful story. I’ve just spent the last three years with my 97 year old Dad , who just passed , but only after , again, three good last years, with kind people’s help and good cheer around him. People can still have quality of life, though sometimes it’s a challenge,even in these situations.
So, again, we applaud Annette, Glen and their team. May we continue to hear inspirational news and stories from them for many years to come as we make contributions to the MS cause. Please help spread your good cheer via their website, above and your own connections as we will do through http://www.OldiesCountry.com and http://www.SeniorCountry.org
Rare, Indepth interview -ATTITUDES with Virginia Graham from late 80s- Annette reflects on the changing times and how she still lives up to her ‘clean, happy days’ image, which she relishes…
Annette talks about her MS in this mid-90s interview with Tom Snyder. Sorry about the poor quality but it is of interest as one of Annete’s last interviews. thanks to ncatt
Nice remembrance from the fans on Annette’s recent 70th birthday…
Maybe the best for last… Trailer for ‘Beach Blanket Bingo’ featuring no less co-stars than Don Rickles, Paul Lynde and Buster Keaton, among other star names!!!
From a fan… “She was beautiful, good-natured, humble and kind to everyone around her. And she did it all – TV, movies and music, one of the biggest stars in the world in her time. Then walked away from all of it to raise a family. A role model for everyone who works in this industry. Her suffering was cruel and undeserved, but she handled it courageously. Now she can RIP.”