Oct. 22nd, 1942
Utica, New York, USA
Annette Funicello's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2007 - Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
1989 - Troop Beverly Hills
1987 - Back to the Beach
1968 - Head
1965 - Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine
1965 - Beach Blanket Bingo
1964 - Bikini Beach
1964 - Muscle Beach Party
1963 - Beach Party
1961 - Babes In Toyland
1959 - The Shaggy Dog
Guest TV Roles
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- In 1977, Annette played the Blue Fairy in Disneylands "Main Street Electrical Parade"
- Daughter of 'Joe Funicello (II)' (qv) and 'Virginia Funicello' (qv), mother of 'Gina Portman (II)' (qv), 'Jack Gilardi Jr.' (qv) and 'Jason Gilardi' (qv), mother-in-law of 'John Portman (II)' (qv).
- (November 1999) Underwent brain surgery to slow down the tremors which result from her MS. Is recovering at home.
- 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' (qv) always emphatically reminded her.
- Is portrayed by 'Eva La Rue' (qv) in _A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995) (TV)_ (qv).
- When she was cast in her first beach movie, 'Walt Disney' (qv) asked her to not wear a bikini and instead wear a one-piece swimsuit because she had an image to uphold. She agreed.
- 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' (qv) 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 and convinced the young actress to retain it.
- Her favorite TV series was _"Zorro" (1957)_ (qv). For her birthday one year, 'Walt Disney' (qv) (who knew she was a fan of the show) arranged to have her guest star on one episode.
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