But she was somehow never forgotten though mostly out of the public eye for years.
She and Avalon staged a reunion in 1987 with 'Back to the Beach.' It was during the filming that she noticed she had trouble walking - the first insidious sign of MS.
Holt In March 2011, her Encino, California home caught fire.
She suffered smoke inhalation, but was otherwise unharmed.
Yet she was cheerful and upbeat, grappling with the disease with a courage that contrasted with her lightweight teen image of old.
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After the fire, Funicello and Holt then began living full time at the modest ranch that they purchased decades earlier, located just south of Shafter, California (north of Bakersfield).
That remained her primary residence until her death.
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