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Annette Funicello Biography

Birth Name:
Annette Joanne Funicello
Birth Place:
Utica, New York, United States
Actor, singer

Fast Facts

  • Was given music and dance lesson as a way to overcome her shyness
  • Won a beauty contest at the age of 9 and began modeling
  • Was cast as one of the original Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club after Walt Disney saw her dance in a local performance of Swan Lake in 1955
  • Received more fan mail than any other Mouseketeer
  • Was a spokesperson for Skippy peanut butter
  • Went public in 1992 with the news that she had MS and founded the Annette Funicello Collectible Bear Company to raise money for research
  • Made a cameo appearance at the end of the 1995 TV adaptation of her autobiography A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes



    • Joey -- Brother
    • Michael -- Brother
    • Gina Gilardi -- Daughter
    • Jack Gilardi -- Ex-husband
    • Joseph Funicello -- Father
    • Glen Holt -- Husband
    • Virginia Funicello -- Mother
    • Jack Gilardi Jr. -- Son
    • Jason Gilardi -- Son