Annette Funicello
Actress, singer
Annette Funicello
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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World's Leading Doctors In CCSVI Available For Patient And Media Meet & Greet At ISNVD Gala Dinner
Yahoo News - about 3 years
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Society for Neurovascular Diseases (ISNVD.org) and The Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases today announced a co-hosted meet & greet with the world's leading doctors in CCSVI research, a revolutionary new treatment for Multiple Sclerosis. This is a never before seen opportunity for physicians, patients and journalists to meet with top doctors in an informal, face-to-face setting. What: Direct discussions with top doctors in CCSVI research. ...
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'1964' review: Impacts of tumultuous year still felt today
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
The year that began less than two months after the killing of the president saw passage of the Civil Rights Act, the arrival of the Beatles on U.S. soil, the murders of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, the birth of the Free Speech Movement in Berkeley, the escalation of the Vietnam conflict and Arizona Sen. Barry Goldwater offering a "a choice, not an echo" as he was nominated for president. Cassius Clay defied the 7-1 odds against him to defeat Sonny Liston for the world heavyweight title, and then became Muhammad Ali; Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello flirted, sang and danced in "Bikini Beach"; Ford introduced the Mustang; "Hello, Dolly!" opened on Broadway; and a huge see-through globe called the Unisphere dominated the World's Fair, constructed atop a former swamp and garbage dump in Queens, N.Y. In the wake of the new law, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and other groups established a program to send college kids to Mississippi to help get African Ame ...
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Larry Hagman's Son Preston Hagman Criticizes Emmys In Memoriam Segment: "Do It Correctly"
US Magazine - over 3 years
Sunday's 65th Annual Primetime Emmys brought some unexpected wins (Jeff Daniels) and losses (Bryan Cranston), but to some people, the biggest snub of all wasn't even an award -- it was the In Memoriam segment. Unlike past Emmys broadcasts, which have traditionally featured one long In Memoriam photo reel honoring everyone who passed away in the year leading up to the show, the 2013 Emmys singled out five stars to be memorialized by close friends or colleagues. Host Neil Patrick Harris said the idea was to keep the segment from becoming a "competition" for applause, but that idea seems to have backfired. PHOTOS: Stars we've lost in 2013 Preston Hagman -- whose dad, Dallas star Larry Hagman, died from complications of cancer at age 81 in November -- spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the controversial tributes. Larry Hagman was not selected to receive an individual eulogy; he and other beloved stars including Annette Funicello, Roger Ebert, Dennis Farina, Jeanne Cooper, and Bonni ...
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Deborah Cruz: Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke's Vulgarity Is a Symptom of Our Failing Society
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Get More: 2013 VMA, Artists.MTV, Music, Miley Cyrus Okay, Miley Cyrus, I get it. You are not Hannah Montana. After last night's VMAs, everyone is wondering just what the hell went so wrong in Miley Cyrus' young life that warranted the We Can't Stop/Blurred Lines Mashup performance. Was she over the top? Absolutely. Was she embarrassingly crass on stage? For sure! Is she some sort of anomaly who has gone completely off her respective Disney rocker? I'm going to say, probably not. My bigger concern was Robin Thicke, 36, in a Beetlejuice suit pushing his junk up on a twerking Miley Cyrus, 20, and all the entire Internet blames her. It takes two to make things go that wrong. In my opinion, Miley Cyrus is not doing anything worse than most girls her age on college campuses and in clubs all over the country are doing every weekend. The only difference between Miley and other 20-year-olds is that she is in the public eye and she used to be a Disney kid. You can ...
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Disney hopes 'Teen Beach Movie' spells bingo
USA Today - over 3 years
The musical, premiering Friday, is a modern take on those Annette Funicello films of old.
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What Surf Music And Punk Have In Common
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
The story goes that when The Beatles landed stateside in 1964, they killed surf music. But one lone surf act escaped Americans’ selective amnesia of what they had been spinning just months before: They were called The Beach Boys, and if you ask most anyone today, chances are they’ll equate the genre with the band. Talk to a few surf music purists, however, and they’ll throw you a curveball: When The Beach Boys took over our consciousness as the official purveyors of the “sound of summer,” they killed surf music. How does surf music kill surf music? Let’s backtrack. The Beach Boys, and similar-minded bands like Jan and Dean, were part of a school of surf rock that played up vocals and four-part harmonies. Their pop-friendly style was present in the American International Pictures beach party films of the early 1960s -- think "Beach Party" and "Beach Blanket Bingo." The series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this July, sparked mainstream interest in surf music, but ...
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Jay Weston: Paul Anka's "My Way," Reviewed from the Inside!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
For most of the first decade of his amazing 60 year career, I was Paul Anka's publicist. So I read his new autobiography, MY WAY (St. Martin's Press) with special interest. It all began for me with a phone call in the late '50s from a Washington, D.C. drugstore owner-turned-talent manager named Irv Feld, who heard I had finished representing Sammy Davis, Jr. after several years. He asked if I would take on his new client, a young fifteen-year old singer/songwriter just down to N.Y. from Canada. The song he was pushing was "Diana" and I learned he was sleeping in the bathtub of an apartment in the President Hotel occupied by a fellow Canadian music group called The Rover Boys ("Graduation Day") who coincidentally were being managed by my best friend, Fred Amsel. For the first months of his New York visit, Paul camped out anywhere he could get a bed, although eventually the Anka family, father Andy, mother Camy, sister Mariam and brother Andy moved down from Ottawa to Tenafly ...
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James A. Kiewel: When Frankie And Annette Saved Chrysler
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
It seems like every generation or so, Italians come to the aid of Chrysler Corporation. Presently, it's Fiat's Sergio Marchionne. Before that it was Lee Iacocca, freshly cashiered by Henry Ford II ("I just don't like you, Lee"). And before that, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello. Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello!?! Well could have, maybe. The year was 1964 and I was a management trainee at BBDO, New York. "Which of you guys knows anything about cars?" asked our supervisor. Silence. It was not cool for Ivy Leaguers to know about cars. Then a response: "I don't, but I have a friend who does." Being a land-granter, I had no reservations about speaking up -- and in that instant, I found myself in charge of finding ways to make the stodgy old Dodge Division's new Ram Charger appealing to young people. My first act was to call Joe Gosnell back in Minneapolis. "The Ram Charger..." he mused. He began reeling off statistics about suspension, engine disp ...
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Passage: Annette Funicello and Jonathan Winters
CBS News - almost 4 years
We said goodbye this week to two beloved performers: A Mouseketeer and an improv genius
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Mike Berman: Applying Lessons in Life to Avoid Business Death
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
This week opened with news of three notable deaths, two will be greatly missed and mourned -- Margaret Thatcher and Annette Funicello -- and the third, Ron Johnson's JCPenney demise will not. Each offer useful examples for leaders to draw inspiration and lessons from, especially business executives. Although Mrs Thatcher was known as the U.K.'s "Iron Lady" while Ms. Funicello was "America's girl next door" in entirely different fields, they both fulfilled their maximum potential, leaving lasting memories. Both were made better by confronting challenges and adversity allowing them to successully do things their way by sticking to their values, principles and convictions. Without fierce loyal opposition Margaret Thatcher could not have been the pragmatist who re-engineered the declining United Kingdom; without maintaining her squeaky clean image, Annette Funicello could not have endured the turbulent 1960's and '70s and allowed to gracefully fade from public life to raise a ...
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Remembering Annette Funicello, America's Mouseketeer
NPR - almost 4 years
Handpicked by Walt Disney to be one of the original Mouseketeers, Annette Funicello was America's girl next door. She spoke to Fresh Air in 1994 about Mickey Mouse ears and why she went public with her multiple sclerosis diagnosis. She died Monday at age 70 from complications of the disease. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Dies At 70
NPR - almost 4 years
Annette Funicello, who was part of the original cast of the 1950's Disney television program, The Mickey Mouse Club, died Monday. She was 70 and had had multiple sclerosis for decades. Funicello also co-starred in several Disney beach party movies in the 1960's along with Frankie Avalon. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Video: A last goodbye to the baby boom sweetheart
CBS News - almost 4 years
Annette Funicello first came into American homes in the 1950's as the most popular of the Mouseketeers. She spent the last 25 years of her life fighting multiple sclerosis. Annette Funicello was 70. Scott Pelley reports.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Annette Funicello
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 70
    After her death, the 2013 Disney Channel Original Movie movie Teen Beach Movie was dedicated to her memory.
    More Details Hide Details In 1992, she was inducted as a Disney Legend. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for motion pictures on September 14, 1993, located at 6834 Hollywood Blvd. In the Disney Village shopping and dining area of Disneyland Paris, a 1950s themed restaurant, Annette's Diner, is named after her. Numbers in parentheses after title indicate peak position in Billboard charts.
    Her funeral was a private ceremony held on April 12, 2013, at the Cherished Memories Memorial Chapel in Bakersfield, California.
    More Details Hide Details Commenting on her death, Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company, said, Annette was and always will be a cherished member of the Disney family, synonymous with the word Mouseketeer, and a true Disney Legend. She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney's brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Annette was well known for being as beautiful inside as she was on the outside, and she faced her physical challenges with dignity, bravery and grace. All of us at Disney join with family, friends, and fans around the world in celebrating her extraordinary life.
    On April 8, 2013, Funicello died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, California, at the age of 70, from complications due to multiple sclerosis.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of her death, Annette's family and Fabares were with her.
  • 2012
    Age 69
    On October 6, 2012, the CTV flagship current affairs program W5 profiled Funicello following her fifteen years away from the public eye.
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  • 2004
    Age 61
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the profile, Holt and her closest friend, actress Shelley Fabares discussed Funicello's state at the time, as well as the numerous medical interventions and treatments that had been attempted in order to improve her condition.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 50
    In 1993, she opened the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 49
    In 1992, Funicello announced that she was suffering from multiple sclerosis.
    More Details Hide Details She had kept her condition a secret, but felt that it was necessary to go public in order to combat rumors that her impaired ability to walk was the result of alcoholism.
  • 1987
    Age 44
    In early 1987, Funicello reunited with Frankie Avalon for a series of promotional concerts to promote their film Back to the Beach.
    More Details Hide Details She began to suffer from dizzy spells, but kept her failing health from her friends and family.
  • 1986
    Age 43
    In 1986, she married California harness racing horse breeder/trainer Glen Holt.
    More Details Hide Details The couple was frequently seen at Los Alamitos Race Course and at Fairplex in Pomona in the 1980s and 1990s attending harness horse races. In March 2011, her longtime Encino, California, home caught fire. She suffered smoke inhalation, but was otherwise unharmed. After the fire, Funicello and Holt then began living full-time at the modest ranch that they had purchased decades earlier, located just south of Shafter, California (north of Bakersfield). That remained her primary residence until her death.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1965
    Age 22
    Funicello was married to her first husband, Jack Gilardi, from 1965 until 1981.
    More Details Hide Details They had three children: Gina Portman (b. 1965), Jack, Jr. (b. 1970), and Jason (b. 1974).
  • TEENAGE
  • 1955
    Age 12
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Disney cast her as one of the original "Mouseketeers". She was the last to be selected, and one of the few cast-members to be personally selected by Walt Disney himself. She proved to be very popular and by the end of the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club, she was receiving 6,000 letters a month, according to her Disney Legends biography. In addition to appearing in many Mouseketeer sketches and dance routines, Funicello starred in several serials on The Mickey Mouse Club. These included Adventure in Dairyland, Walt Disney Presents: Annette (which co-starred Richard Deacon), and the second and third Spin and Marty serials – The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty. In a hayride scene in the Annette serial, she performed the song that launched her singing career. The studio received so much mail about "How Will I Know My Love" (lyrics by Tom Adair, music by Frances Jeffords and William Walsh), that Walt Disney issued it as a single, and gave Funicello (somewhat unwillingly) a recording contract.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1942
    Born
    Born on October 22, 1942.
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