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Birth information

22 October 1942 Utica, New York, USA

Death information

8 April 2013 Bakersfield, California, USA

Given Name

Annette Joanne Funicello

Nickname

Annie

How tall is Annette Funicello?

1.55 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Glen Holt
Jack Gilardi

Life Story of Annette Funicello

Annette Joanne Funicello achieved teenage popularity starting in October 1955 after she debuted as a Mouseketeer. Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, the family had moved to California when she was still young. Walt Disney himself saw her performing the lead role in "Swan Lake" at her ballet school's year-end recital in Burbank and decided to have her audition along with two hundred other children. Annette became the last Mouseketeer of the twenty-four that was picked. By the run-through in 1958 of The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) in which she appeared in her own multi-segmented series entitled "Annette", she had become the most popular Mousketeer of them all and the only one kept under contract by Walt Disney after he canceled the show. Her popularity was such that by the late 1950s, she was simply known as "Annette" -- America's sweetheart and the first "crush" for many a teenage baby boomer. Whenever anyone spoke of Annette, no last name was ever needed as everyone knew who you were talking about.

The popular teenager became synonymous with wholesome entertainment and was borrowed by Danny Thomas in 1959 to play Gina, a foreign exchange student, on The Danny...

Significant features of Annette Funicello

Disney movies and Beach Party movies
Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer
Her sweet smile.

Biographical movies about Annette Funicello

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story 1995
Biography: "Annette Funicello" 1996

What movies did Annette Funicello play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Back to the Beach (1987) ,
Actors Filmography
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995) Annette Funicello, Back to the Beach (1987) Annette, Growing Pains (1986) Mrs. Hinkley, Lots of Luck (1985) Julie Maris, The Love Boat (1982) Kate Ladell / Roberta Roberts, Fantasy Island (1981) Elizabeth 'Liz' Drake / Mary Ann Carlin / Edna Kamberley, Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around (1978) Annette, Love, American Style (1971) Millie, Head (1968) Minnie, Hondo (1967) Anne Williams, Thunder Alley (1967) Francie...

Birth information

22 October 1942 Utica, New York, USA

Death information

8 April 2013 Bakersfield, California, USA

Given Name

Annette Joanne Funicello

Nickname

Annie

How tall is Annette Funicello?

1.55 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Glen Holt
Jack Gilardi

Life Story of Annette Funicello

Annette Joanne Funicello achieved teenage popularity starting in October 1955 after she debuted as a Mouseketeer. Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, the family had moved to California when she was still young. Walt Disney himself saw her performing the lead role in "Swan Lake" at her ballet school's year-end recital in Burbank and decided to have her audition along with two hundred other children. Annette became the last Mouseketeer of the twenty-four that was picked. By the run-through in 1958 of The Mickey Mouse Club (1955) in which she appeared in her own multi-segmented series entitled "Annette", she had become the most popular Mousketeer of them all and the only one kept under contract by Walt Disney after he canceled the show. Her popularity was such that by the late 1950s, she was simply known as "Annette" -- America's sweetheart and the first "crush" for many a teenage baby boomer. Whenever anyone spoke of Annette, no last name was ever needed as everyone knew who you were talking about.

The popular teenager became synonymous with wholesome entertainment and was borrowed by Danny Thomas in 1959 to play Gina, a foreign exchange student, on The Danny...

Significant features of Annette Funicello

Disney movies and Beach Party movies
Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer
Her sweet smile.

Biographical movies about Annette Funicello

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story 1995
Biography: "Annette Funicello" 1996

What movies did Annette Funicello play or participate?

Producers Filmography
Back to the Beach (1987) ,
Actors Filmography
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995) Annette Funicello, Back to the Beach (1987) Annette, Growing Pains (1986) Mrs. Hinkley, Lots of Luck (1985) Julie Maris, The Love Boat (1982) Kate Ladell / Roberta Roberts, Fantasy Island (1981) Elizabeth 'Liz' Drake / Mary Ann Carlin / Edna Kamberley, Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around (1978) Annette, Love, American Style (1971) Millie, Head (1968) Minnie, Hondo (1967) Anne Williams, Thunder Alley (1967) Francie...

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Annette Funicello in Eine Uni voller Affen (1965)

When she made the various beach pictures for American International Pictures (AIP), she was still technically under contract to Disney, doing the AIP films on a loan-out basis, something of which Walt Disney always emphatically reminded her.

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Annette Funicello and Connie Gilchrist in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, etc.

When she was cast in her first beach movie, Walt Disney asked her to not wear a bikini and instead wear a one-piece swimsuit because she had an image to uphold. She agreed.

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Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1964)

In 1977, Annette played the Blue Fairy in Disneyland's "Main Street Electrical Parade".

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Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1964)

Paul Anka wrote the song "Puppy Love" about his romance with her.

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Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1964)

When she began working for the Disney studio, she suggested to her employer that she change her Italian family name of Funicello to something more "American", as was often done in those days. Walt Disney vehemently argued against this idea, saying that her own name was actually an asset because it was so unique that no one who heard it would ever be able to forget it. He convinced the young actress to retain it.

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Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1964)

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 14, 1993.

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Annette Funicello, Norman Grabowski, and Tommy Kirk in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, etc.

Her biggest hit single was "Tall Paul" (#7 US Pop 1959). She had later success with "Pineapple Princess" which peaked at #11 US Pop, in the summer of 1960.

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Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, and Judy the Chimpanzee in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, etc.

She spent her final years mostly confined to a wheelchair that was specially designed by her horse-trainer husband with a seat from a harness-racing sulky.

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Annette Funicello and Tommy Kirk in Merlin Jones - Der Mann, der zuviel wußte (1964)

Her home suffered major fire damage and wheelchair-bound Annette and her husband were hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation. [March 2011]

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Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in High-Life am Strand (1987)

Annette still resided in her first house several miles from where she grew up. She had a collectable bear business, a line of perfume and she started the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders (2006).

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Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in High-Life am Strand (1987)

Died four days after film critic Roger Ebert. Both were unable to eat, drink and talk for their last years. They were also born in 1942 and died aged 70.

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Annette Funicello and Lori Loughlin in High-Life am Strand (1987)

She was 17 years old at the time the Sweetheart of the Valley Mayors honor was given to her. It came about when "Television's Singing Troubadour, Jimmie Jackson" arranged for her to be given the designation of the "Sweetheart of the San Fernando Valley Mayors" at the May 2, 1957, grand opening of his new Tambour restaurant (tambour is African for "Drum") in Tarzana. Jackson was a longtime friend of Annette's parents Joe and Virginia, and wanted to do something special for their daughter in connection with his restaurant's opening. Jackson called together some of his old friends and former guests from his Hollywood television show, "Memory Lane" who were now "Honorary" mayors of various small towns in the San Fernando Valley. Covering the event was the "Valley News and Green Sheet"--now "The Valley News"--and the Los Angeles Times. Annette was escorted by film and television performer, J.P. Sloane. Annette would also appear with Jackson and Sloane five years later in a television special titled, An Evening at the Inn (1962).

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Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and Connie Stevens in High-Life am Strand (1987)

When asked in a 20/20 interview how she got the role as a mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club program, she replied: "I was the ethnic one. Everybody else looked like I wanted to look my entire life: blue eyed and freckle faced.".

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Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in High-Life am Strand (1987)

Following her death, she was cremated and interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.

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Paul Reubens, Frankie Avalon, and Annette Funicello in High-Life am Strand (1987)

Her funeral was conducted in a private ceremony at Cherished Memories Memorial Chapel in Bakersfield, California.

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Annette Funicello in Babes in Toyland (1960)

Had two brothers: Michael Funicello and Joey Funicello.

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Annette Funicello

Mother-in-law of John Portman.

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Annette Funicello

Died on the same day as Margaret Thatcher.

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Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, and Arthur O'Connell in Eine Uni voller Affen (1965)

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Annette Funicello in Head (1968)

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Annette Funicello, Micky Dolenz, and Davy Jones in Head (1968)

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Annette Funicello and Davy Jones in Head (1968)

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Annette Funicello and Dwayne Hickman in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, John Ashley, Dick Dale, etc.

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Annette Funicello and Dwayne Hickman in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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Annette Funicello in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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Annette Funicello and Mary Hughes in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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Annette Funicello and Dwayne Hickman in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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Annette Funicello and Dwayne Hickman in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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Annette Funicello and Dwayne Hickman in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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Mickey Rooney, Annette Funicello, Beverly Adams, etc.

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Annette Funicello and Dwayne Hickman in How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)

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