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ANNETTE FUNICELLO BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

This famous actress and singer was born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York. She and her family moved to Southern California when she was only four, which helped her gain the opportunity to achieve stardom. She is best known as the 'sweetheart' of TV’s “The Mickey Mouse Club”, but also appeared in numerous fun beach movies, television shows, and films. She created multiple singing albums, too, for she had an excellent voice.

When Funicello was just thirteen, she was seen performing as the lead in a small production of “Swan Lake” in Burbank, California. Walt Disney just so happened to be watching and he decided to have her audition to be a part of his new show. She was cast to be one of the original Mouseketeers in “The Mickey Mouse Club” (1955-58) and was far more successful than any of the other actors on the show. She remained under contract with Disney for quite a time, acting in TV shows such as “Zorro” (1957), “The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca” (1958). Her feature film debut was in Disney’s “The Shaggy Dog” (1959), and she also starred in Disney’s “Babes in Toyland” (1961), “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones” (1964), and “The Monkey’s Uncle” (1965).

She additionally took up singing, having a number of pop record hits in the late 1950's. In all, she produced twelve albums up until the year 1965. Annette Funicello then became a 'teen idol', performing in “Pajama Party” (1964) and a series of “Beach Party” movies alongside Frankie Avalon for American International Pictures. She was still under contract with Disney, though, when she starred in “Beach Party” (1963), “Muscle Beach Party” (1964), “Bikini Beach” (1964), “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965), and “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini” (1965). For “Muscle Beach Party”, Funicello received a Golden Laurel nomination for her musical performance. Disney requested that she remain modest in the beach films, however her navel did show.

In 1965, Funicello informed Disney that she wanted to retire from acting to focus on family, and he gave her his approval. She still ended up appearing in a few more roles. She performed in the sporty, race-car movies “Fireball 500” (1966) and “Thunder Alley” (1967). She as well acted in the comedic “Head” (1968), portraying the role of Davy Jones’ sweetheart. Also, she was seen in some television commercials and Dick Clark specials in the 1970's. Funicello acted in the made for TV movie “Lots of Luck” in 1985, but her very last film was “Back to the Beach” (1987), where she yet again had the lead with Frankie Avalon in the nostalgic musical.

In 1992, Funicello unfortunately declared to the public that she has had Multiple Sclerosis since 1987. In the same year, she was welcomed as a Disney Legend.  In 1993, she founded a research fund for neurological diseases. She also helped write her autobiography, A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, in 1994, which shows her high spirits and positivity. Annette Funicello passed away at age 70 on April 8, 2013 from complications of MS and she will be remembered by the entire entertainment world and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Southern California for her involvement in motion pictures.

Filmography 

1987  Back to the Beach
1985  Lots of Luck
1978  Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around
1968  Head
1967  Thunder Alley
1966  Fireball 500
1965  Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
1965  How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
1965  Ski Party
1965  The Monkey's Uncle
1965  Beach Blanket Bingo
1964  Pajama Party
1964  Bikini Beach
1964  Muscle Beach Party
1964  The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
1963  Beach Party
1962  Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law
1962  The Golden Horseshoe Revue
1962  Escapade in Florence
1961  Babes in Toyland
1961  The Horsemasters
1953  Make Room for Daddy
1959  The Shaggy Dog
1958  The New Adventures of Spin and Marty
1958  The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca
1957  Zorro
1957  The  Further Adventures of Spin and Marty
1957  Disneyland: The Fourth Anniversary Show
1955  The Mickey Mouse Club 





Matinee Classics - Annette Funicello
Matinee Classics - Annette Funicello
Matinee Classics - Beach Blanket Bingo starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Harvey Lembeck, John Ashley, Deborah Walley, Jody McCrea, Marta Kristen, Linda Evans, Don Rickles, Paul Lynde, Donna Loren, Timothy Carey, Buster Keaton, Earl Wilson, Michael Nader, Donna Michelle, Patti Chandler, Andy Romano, Alberta Nelson, Myrna Ross and Chris Cranston
Matinee Classics - Beach Party starring Robert Cummings, Dorothy Malone, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Vincent Price
Matinee Classics - Bikini Beach starring Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Keenan Wynn, Meredith MacRae, Martha Hyer, Don Rickles, John Ashley, Jody McCrea, Elizabeth Montgomery, Little Stevie Wonder, Alberta Nelson, Candy Johnson, Donna Loren, Delores Wells, Danielle Aubry, Janos Prohaska, Timothy Carey and Boris Karloff
Matinee Classics - Muscle Beach Party starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Peter Turgeon, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale, Candy Johnson, Rock Stevens, Valora Noland, Delores Wells, Donna Loren, Morey Amsterdam, Little Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Dan Haggerty, Larry Scott, Gordon Case, Gene Shuey, Chester Yorton, Bob Seven, Steve Merjanian, Alberta Nelson, Amadee Chabot and Peter Lorre
Matinee Classics - Muscle Beach Party starring Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Luciana Paluzzi, John Ashley, Don Rickles, Peter Turgeon, Jody McCrea, Dick Dale, Candy Johnson, Rock Stevens, Valora Noland, Delores Wells, Donna Loren, Morey Amsterdam, Little Stevie Wonder, Buddy Hackett, Dan Haggerty, Larry Scott, Gordon Case, Gene Shuey, Chester Yorton, Bob Seven, Steve Merjanian, Alberta Nelson, Amadee Chabot and Peter Lorre


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