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Celebrities with Multiple Sclerosis

Written by Monica Gullon and Medically Reviewed by Scott Pearlman, M.D.

4. Annette Funicello

The most beloved of Disney’s original mouseketeers, Annette Funicello turned her popularity into a successful career as the star of 1960s beach movies like Beach Blanket Babylon, Pajama Party and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. In 1987, while making the parody film Back to the Beach, Funicello started experiencing MS symptoms. But she didn’t come out publicly about it until a few years later. "When the stories about my MS came out, everyone gave me their love and their prayers,” she says. “I'm human, and sometimes I can't help but ask, 'Why me?' But I believe everything happens for a reason, and I know now that my mission is to help others raise funds for MS. The more I read about MS, the more encouraged I am. When I wake up in the morning, I like to imagine, this is the day I'm going to hear about an MS cure on the news."