In celebration of Women's History Month, Utica-born actress Annette Funicello has been recognized by the New York State Senate as an Historic Woman of Distinction.

Funicello was born in Utica on October 22nd, 1942.

When she was just 12 years old, Funicello became one of the original Mouseketeer's on the Mickey Mouse Club.

She also went on to star in various movies throughout the late 1950s and 60s including "The Shaggy Dog" and the "Beach Party" series.

Funicello died of complications from multiple sclerosis in 2013 at the age of 70.

She'll be featured all this month in an exhibit at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

“Annette Funicello has always made Utica and the Mohawk Valley proud with all that she has been able to achieve in her life, from making us smile and laugh on the big screen to inspiring us with her dedication on behalf of those living with debilitating disease,” said Senator Joseph Griffo.

“With an engaging, joyful smile, Annette lived her life to the fullest through personal challenges and accomplishments, and I am proud to join New York State in honoring Ms. Funicello as a Woman of Distinction.”


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