Dee Dee before the Beach Party


Annette Funicello | People |  July 27, 1992. With her thick eyebrows, towering bouffant and rounded 5’2″ frame, Funicello stood apart from the blue-eyed blondes on the beach. Yet as a preteen Mouseketeer in the mid-’50s and, later, as the symbol of Beach Party virginity, she embodied a voluptuous innocence that fueled the fantasies of a generation of adolescent males. Guided by Mousketeer Svengali Walt Disney, who forbade his most famous charge to wear bikinis or kiss her movie costars, she was the wholesome temptress in a two-piece bathing suit.

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