Disney renames Mouseketeer stage for Funicello


BURBANK (AP) – The stage at Walt Disney Studios where “The Mickey Mouse Club” was filmed is now officially the Annette Funicello Stage.


Disney chief Bob Iger led a ceremony Monday dedicating the soundstage to Funicello, the Mouseketeer-turned-movie star who died in April at age 70.


Iger confessed to having a crush on Funicello when he was growing up, as many who watched the perky brunette on TV did.


Former Mouseketeers, Funicello s family and colleagues and Mickey Mouse himself also participated in Monday s dedication. Frankie Avalon, her beach party movie co-star, was among those honoring the late actress.


Julie Andrews, who starred in the big-screen musical “Mary Poppins,” is the only other entertainer to have a namesake stage at Disney studios. 180196_50561242



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