Annette Funicello's family and friends came together in Los Angeles on Monday (24Jun13) as the former Mickey Mouse Club star was posthumously honoured by Disney bosses. The late actress became one of the first Disney darlings after making her debut as a Mouseketeer in 1955 and she went on to enjoy a longstanding association with the company throughout the 1950s and early 1960s. Now chiefs at the corporation have recognised her contribution by naming a stage at the Disney Studios lot the Annette Funicello Stage, and her loved ones attended an unveiling ceremony to celebrate the 70 year old's legacy. Actress Shelley Fabares, Funicello's best friend, said her pal would have been thrilled with the dedication, adding, "She loved Mr. Disney, first of all, everybody says. And she did. She always called him Mr. Disney. She just loved him dearly, and to have this studio give that honour to her, I'm telling you, it would mean the world to her." Funicello died in April (13) of complications from multiple sclerosis.