Annette Funicello

Actress + Singer
Born Oct 22, 1942

Annette Joanne Funicello is an American actress and singer. Beginning her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve, Funicello rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club.

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    Yahoo News - Jan 21, 2014
  • '1964' Review: Impacts Of Tumultuous Year Still Felt Today
    San Francisco Chronicle - Jan 10, 2014
  • Larry Hagman's Son Preston Hagman Criticizes Emmys In Memoriam Segment: "Do It Correctly"
    US Magazine - Sep 23, 2013
  • Deborah Cruz: Miley Cyrus And Robin Thicke's Vulgarity Is A Symptom Of Our Failing Society
    Huffington Post - Aug 27, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Annette Funicello.


1942 Birth Born on October 22, 1942.


1955 12 Years Old Annette took dancing and music lessons as a child in order to overcome shyness. In 1955, the 12-year-old was discovered by Walt Disney when she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at a dance recital at the Starlight Bowl in Burbank, California. … Read More


1965 22 Years Old Funicello was married to her first husband, Jack Gilardi, from 1965 until 1981. … Read More


1986 43 Years Old In 1986, she married California harness racing horse breeder/trainer Glen Holt. … Read More
1987 44 Years Old In early 1987, Funicello reunited with Frankie Avalon for a series of promotional concerts to promote their film Back to the Beach. … Read More
1992 49 Years Old In 1992, Funicello announced that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis. … Read More


1993 50 Years Old In 1993, she opened the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation.


2004 61 Years Old The program revealed that her disease had severely damaged her nervous system; Funicello had lost the ability to walk in 2004, the ability to speak in 2009, and, at the time of the profile, she required round-the-clock care in order to survive. … Read More
2012 69 Years Old On October 6, 2012, the CTV flagship current affairs program W5 profiled Funicello following her fifteen years away from the public eye.
On April 8, 2013, Funicello died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, at the age of 70, from complications due to multiple sclerosis. … Read More
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