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Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello

Highest Rated: 78% Back to the Beach (1987)

Lowest Rated: 33% Pajama Party (1964)

Birthday: Oct 22, 1942

Birthplace: Utica, New York, USA

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.

Highest rated movies

78% Back to the Beach
73% Beach Blanket Bingo
71% Head
70% The Shaggy Dog
50% Beach Party
40% Bikini Beach
36% Babes in Toyland
33% Pajama Party

Photos

MONKEY'S UNCLE, Annette Funicello, 1965, © Walt Disney Co MONKEY'S UNCLE, Annette Funicello, 1965 MUSCLE BEACH PARTY, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, 1964. HEAD, Davy Jones, Annette Funicello, 1968 FIREBALL 500, Annette Funicello, 1966 BEACH BLANKET BINGO, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, 1965 THE SHAGGY DOG, from left: Annette Funicello, Roberta Shore, 1959 BABES IN TOYLAND, from left, Annette Funicello, Tommy Sands, 1961, ©Walt Disney Co. BABES IN TOYLAND, Annette Funicello, 1961, © Walt Disney Co. BABES IN TOYLAND, Marilee Arnold, Melanie Arnold, Kevin Corcoran, Ray Bolger, Brian Corcoran, Mary McCarty, Annette Funicello, 1961 BEACH BLANKET BINGO, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, 1965. BEACH BLANKET BINGO, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, 1965. THE MONKEY'S UNCLE, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, 1965 THE SHAGGY DOG, Roberta Shaw, Annette Funicello, 1959 THE SHAGGY DOG, Annette Funicello, 1959 THE SHAGGY DOG, Annette Funicello, Tommy Kirk, 1959 SHAGGY DOG, THE, Kevin Corcoran, Roberta Shaw, Fred MacMurray, Annette Funicello, 1959 PAJAMA PARTY, Annette Funicello, 1964 BEACH BLANKET BINGO, Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, 1965 FIREBALL 500, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, 1966

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mickey Mouse Club - The Best Of Britney, Justin, And Christina Unknown (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story Self - 1995
No Score Yet 71% Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special Unknown (Character) - 1988
78% 63% Back to the Beach Annette (Character),
Executive Producer
$12.2M 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lots of Luck Julie Maris (Character) - 1985
71% 71% Head Minnie (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 25% Thunder Alley Francie Madsen (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 35% Fireball 500 Jane Harris (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet 33% How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Dee Dee (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 41% The Monkey's Uncle Jennifer (Character) - 1965
73% 52% Beach Blanket Bingo Dee Dee (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 39% Muscle Beach Party Dee Dee (Character) - 1964
No Score Yet 62% The Misadventures of Merlin Jones Jennifer (Character) - 1964
33% 34% Pajama Party Connie (Character) - 1964
40% 42% Bikini Beach Dee Dee (Character) - 1964
50% 42% Beach Party Dolores (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Escapade in Florence Annette Aliotto (Character) - 1963
36% 59% Babes in Toyland Mary Contrary (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Horsemasters Dinah Wilcox (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Six-Gun Law Chiquita (Character) - 1959
70% 48% The Shaggy Dog Allison D'Allessio (Character) - 1959

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 81% Full House Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Growing Pains Unknown (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1979-1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Host 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zorro Unknown (Guest Star) 1959 1961