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Annette Funicello



The "sweetheart" of TV's The Mickey Mouse Club, American entertainer Annette Funicello began performing at age 10. The Disney people themselves sensed that Funicello had star quality, building several musical numbers around her on The Mickey Mouse Club and fashioning her own Club show-within-a-show miniseries, appropriately titled "Annette." Funicello's post-Mickey Mouse career was far more successful than that of many of her fellow Mouseketeers--and the reasons cannot be charged up to looks alone. She also was guest-starred on the Disney TV series Zorro and Wonderful World of Color, and was given sizeable roles in such Disney theatrical features as The Shaggy Dog (59) and Babes in Toyland (61).



While still under contract to Disney, Funicello began appearing in American-International's Beach Party series, usually co-starring with Frankie Avalon. Though these films were distinguished by undulating, bikinied females, Walt Disney decreed that Funicello never be involved in any "suggestive" sequences--nor were her two-piece bathing suits permitted to uncover her navel. After playing an extended cameo role as Davy Jones' sweetheart in The Monkees' film vehicle Head (68), Funicello cut down on her professional appearances, preferring to spend time with her family. During the 1970s, she became spokeswoman for a popular brand of peanut butter, her commercial appearances constituting the bulk of her on-camera time during this period. In 1987, she and onetime cohort Frankie Avalon co-financed and starred in the nostalgic musical film Back to the Beach.



In her later years, Funicellostruggled against the ravages of multiple sclerosis; her courage and high spirits in the face of intense pain and decreasing mobility were inspirational, as well as beneficial in helping to raise funds for further research of degenerative diseases. In 1994, Annette Funicello published her autobiography, the tone of which perfectly reflected the actress herself: discreet, ladylike and boundlessly cheerful. After suffering from multiple sclerosis for more than two decades, Funicello died from complications from the disease in 2013 at the age of 70.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Best Of The Mickey Mouse Club
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Mickey Mouse Club - The Best Of Britney, Justin, And Christina
  • Actor
2005
8% Troop Beverly Hills
  • Herself
1989
No Score Yet Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special
  • Actor
1988
71% Back to the Beach
  • Annette
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1987
No Score Yet Rand McNally Videotrip Travel Guide - Central Florida
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet Lots of Luck
  • Julie Maris
1985
75% Head
  • Minnie
1968
No Score Yet Thunder Alley
  • Francie Madsen
1967
No Score Yet Fireball 500
  • Jane
1966
No Score Yet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini
  • Dee Dee
1965
No Score Yet Ski Party
  • Prof. Sonya Roberts
1965
No Score Yet The Monkey's Uncle
  • Jennifer
1965
80% Beach Blanket Bingo
  • Dee Dee
1965
29% Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
  • Girl in the Stock
1965
No Score Yet Hullabaloo - V. 5
  • Actor
1965
33% Pajama Party
  • Connie
1964
No Score Yet Bikini Beach
  • Dee Dee
1964
No Score Yet The Misadventures of Merlin Jones
  • Jennifer
1964
No Score Yet Muscle Beach Party
  • Dee Dee
1964
43% Beach Party
  • Dolores
1963
No Score Yet Escapade in Florence
  • Actor
1962
36% Babes in Toyland
  • Mary Contrary
1961
No Score Yet The Horsemasters
  • Dinah
1961
67% The Shaggy Dog
  • Allison D'Allessio
1959
No Score Yet Zorro and the Mystery of Don Cabrillo
  • Actor
1958
No Score Yet Johnny Tremain
  • Actor
1957

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Growing Pains
1985-1992
  • Mrs. Hinckley
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
  • Herself

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