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In this 1963 file photo, singer Frankie Avalon and actress Annette Funicello are seen on Malibu Beach during filming of "Beach Party," in California in 1963. Funicello helped create a world as fanciful as Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom when she traded in her Mousketeer ears for a modest one-piece bathing suit . It was a land of perfect waves and sparkling sand, in a place where there was a beach party every night and summer never ended.

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Would Annette recognize today’s Calif beach scene?

When she traded in her Mousketeer ears for a surfboard and a modest one-piece bathing suit, Annette Funicello helped create a world as fanciful as Walt Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Today, Southern California kids still go to the beach and catch waves, but there’s not nearly the freedom or the access that Funicello’s films celebrated.

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