Annette Funicello - Teen Idol - Star
American Idol and Sweetheart - Annette Funicello
I grew up watching anything and everything Disney created, including The Mickey Mouse Club. I adored Annette. She was so pretty, could sing, dance and got to be with all the cute boys. Her story is truly a part of the American Dream! I hope you will enjoy a look into the life of Annette Funicello.
ANNETTE FUNICELLO was born October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, which later her family relocated in southern California. As a child, to overcome shyness, Annette took dancing and music lessons.
At the age of 12 (1955), Annette was performing in a dance recital of Swan Lake, when she was discovered by Walt Disney. Based on this appearance, she was cast an one of the original "Mouseketeers".
Annette appeared in many episodes (1955 to 1959) of the Mickey Mouse Club program, including: sketches and dance routines; several series such as Spin and Marty serials, The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty, and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty; as well as several Walt Disney Presents specials. After the Mickey Mouse Club, Annette went on to do several episodes in the Zorro series.
Latest News - How Sad
Annette Funicello at age 70
American's dearest Mouseketeer will be missed.
I was so saddened to hear that we lost Annette Funicello, yesterday, April 8, 2013. I have fond memories of seeing her perform as a Mouseketeer during the 50s. We were only three years apart in age. I remember day dreaming what it must have been like to be able to dance and sing and participate in the many performances that she did at the Disney studios.
I just wanted to say thank you for all those wonderful performances that you gave, Annette - I tip my Mouseketeer hat to you. Now you may rest in peace.
Recent News of Annette
FANS SPEAK OUT. THEY MISS HER!
Thought it would be fun to check out current new (12/2009 update) from fans. As many know, Annette is suffering from MS, however, is being cared for well.
Send Annette a card:
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Flames engulf Annette's LA home
Update March 11, 2011
Former Disney Mouseketeer Annette Funicello was rushed to hospital earlier today after a fire broke out at her California home. The wheelchair-bound actress has been in declining health since being diagnosed more than 20 years ago with multiple sclerosis. She was being treated for smoke inhalation following the 7.21 am blaze at her house in Encino.
The 68-year-old is best known for her years on ‘The Mickey Mouse Club’ and later as Frankie Avalon’s bikini-clad co-star in a spate of beach movies in the early 1960s.
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Annette Ok After Fire
Annette Funicello, a former Disney Mouseketeer, suffered smoke inhalation from a recent fire that damaged her Los Angeles home in Encino, California, which is in the Los Angeles area.
The fire was put out in less than half an hour. Funicello, who is 68 and has multiple sclerosis, was at home at the time with her husband and nurse, the Associated Press quoted her ex-husband Jack Gilardi as saying. No one was seriously injured.
Continue Annette Ok After Fire
Annette Funicello was 13 years old when she was discovered by studio head Walt Disney dancing in an amateur production of Swan Lake in Fullerton, CA.
A DREAM IS A WISH YOUR HEART MAKES - Annette's Own Story
Annette first noticed her MS symptoms in l987 when she was making the movie Back to the Beach, a friendly spoof of her early sand-and-surf films that received both public and critical acclaim. In l989, Annette did a year-long concert tour to cheering crowds with Frankie Avalon, her long time friend and movie co-star. Annette resides in California with her second husband Glen Holt, a race horse breeder.
In l992, when rumors and gossip began to surface in the press after Annett's symptoms became increasingly pronounced, she decided to go public with her condition.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that affects the central nervous system (CNS): the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. The damage caused by MS creates lesions or "scars" that can be seen on your brain and spinal cord. The process of developing lesions is called "sclerosis." So, MS actually means "many scars."
Credit: Understand MS
Teddy Bears to Hug
Annette Funicellos's TEDDY BEARS
Annette has partnered with some of the world's most talented teddy bear artists to create these precious pieces exclusively for her company. Seriously ill with multiple sclerosis (MS), Annette donates a portion of the profits from the sale of her bears to MS research.
Songs and Movies
REMEMBER "TALL PAUL"
"Chalk on the sidewalk (chalk on the sidewalk)
'nitials on a tree ('nitials on a tree)
Ev'rybody knows it (ev'rybody knows it)
Paul loves me"
Her fan mail (by the end of the first season) had ballooned to 6,000 letters a month.