Passage: Annette Funicello and Jonathan Winters

Actress and Mouseketeer Annette Funicello (left), and improv comedian Jonathan Winters.

(CBS News) It happened this week . . . the loss of two performers as different as is possible to imagine.

Annette Funicello died Monday of complications from Multiple Sclerosis.

Discovered by Walt Disney himself, Annette was just 13 years old in 1955 when she debuted on TV as one of the original Mouseketeers.

A talented role model for girls -- and a first crush for countless little boys -- Annette was the most popular Mouseketeer by far.

In the 1960s, she moved on from the clubhouse to the beach, starring opposite Frankie Avalon in films such as "Beach Party" and "Beach Blanket Bingo."

Forsaking film for family for many years, Annette shocked her fans in 1992 by revealing that she'd been stricken with Multiple Sclerosis. She became an advocate for MS research. But her worsening condition kept her out of the public eye in recent years.

Annette Funicello was 70.

Jonathan Winters died Thursday night of undisclosed causes.

A genius of comic improvisation, Winters made no bones about the source of his gift:

"You gotta admit that I am strange," Winters told CBS' "West 57th." "And you know what? I'm proud of it. I'm so proud to be weird and so happy to be crazy."

The only child of an abusive alcoholic father, Winters grew up to create a galaxy of imaginary characters, including Maude Frickert, based on one of his aunts.

Winters' multiple personalities assured him of multiple guest spots on TV talk shows, including Johnny Carson.

Winters had movie roles as well, including the 1963 film "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World."

But in truth, he was best at ad-libbing his own scripts, drawing on his own experiences, including his hospitalization after a nervous breakdown in 1959.

"Reality, as frightening as it is, is very, very funny," he said.

Jonathan Winters was 87.