Annette Funicello

Actor, Singer
Before Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, there was Annette Funicello, the original Mouseketeer. When she burst out on the scene as the bubbly girl-next-door on "The Mickey Mouse Club" (ABC ... Read more »
Born: 10/22/1942 in Utica, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (40)

Frasier 1993 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

More of the Best of the Hollywood Palace 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Full House 1990 - 1991 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lost Youth of Hollywood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

Annette (Actor)

Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Who Rate a "10" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mouseketeers Reunion 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Disneyland's 25th Anniversary 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Arthur Godfrey Special 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Mouse Factory 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Head 1968 (Movie)

Minnie (Actor)

Thunder Alley 1967 (Movie)

Francie Madsen (Actor)

Fireball 500 1966 (Movie)

Jane (Actor)

Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 (Movie)

Dee Dee (Actor)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 (Movie)

Dee Dee (Actor)

Bikini Beach 1964 (Movie)

Dee Dee (Actor)

Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine 1964 (Movie)

Girl in the Stock (Actor)

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964 (TV Show)

Actor

Ski Party 1964 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Monkey's Uncle 1964 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

Dolores (Actor)

Muscle Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

Dee Dee (Actor)

Pajama Party 1963 (Movie)

Connie (Actor)

The 15th Emmy Awards 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Host

The Misadventures of Merlin Jones 1963 (Movie)

Jennifer (Actor)

Babes in Toyland 1961 (Movie)

Mary Contrary (Actor)

The Mickey Mouse Club 1955 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shaggy Dog 1959 (Movie)

Allison D'Allessio (Actor)

Zorro 1957 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Lots of Luck (TV Show)

Actor
Music (2)

Thunder Alley 1967 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Beach Party 1963 (Movie)

("Promise Me Anything (Give Me More)" "Treat Him Nicely") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

Back to the Beach 1987 (Movie)

(Co-Executive Producer)

Biography

Before Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera, there was Annette Funicello, the original Mouseketeer. When she burst out on the scene as the bubbly girl-next-door on "The Mickey Mouse Club" (ABC, 1955-59), America quickly fell in love with Funicello, making her one of the most recognized faces on television at that time. She was such a huge success on the show that by the end of the first season, the actress was receiving about 6,000 fan letters a week, a feat that astounded even Walt Disney himself. She re-emerged in the 1960s as a teen icon, starring in several "beach party" movies like "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) opposite fellow idol Frankie Avalon, and would later inspire longtime fans with her courageous battle against the debilitating disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), which led to her death in April 2013. However, it was her warm, all-American persona as a Mouseketeer - her name famously embossed across her Disney sweater - that would be the Annette Funicello fans remembered best.

Relationships

Joseph Funicello

Father

Virginia Funicello

Mother

Jack Gilardi

Husband
married in 1965 divorced in 1981

Gina Gilardi

Daughter
born c. 1966 married to businessman Jack Portman

Jack Gilardi

Son
born c. 1970

Jason Gilardi

Son
born on October 21, 1974

Glen Holt

Husband
born in 1930 married in 1986

Milestones

1995

Made cameo appearance in the TV movie adaptation of her autobiography

1994

Co-wrote autobiography, "A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes"

1993

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

1992

Publicly admitted having multiple sclerosis since 1987

1989

Last feature appearance, "Troop Beverly Hills"

1987

In first feature following 19 year break she is reunited with Avalon in sleeper hit, "Back to the Beach"

1963

First pairing with Frankie Avalon, "Beach Party"

1959

Played role of Gina Minelli, an Italian exchange student rooming with protagonist Danny Williams's family, for a season of the long-running sitcom, "Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show"

1958

Star of own shortlived series, "Annette"

1957

Feature acting debut, "Johnny Tremain"

1957

Played exchange student Gina, "The Danny Thomas Show"

1955

Original cast member of the the Mickey Mouse Club

Asked to leave the Mouseketeers when she hit puberty

Regular on an adventure series, "Zorro"

Popular songs include "O Dio Mio" and "Tall Paul".

Bonus Trivia

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Funicello collects teddy bears and created The Annette Funicello Teddy Bear Company to market a line of designer bears

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She also has her own fragrance "Cello, by Annette". Proceeds from the sale of the perfume go to her foundation

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