She described herself as a “late bloomer.” Walt Disney, the impresario of the wholesome who was looking for young entertainers for “The Mickey Mouse Club,” was reported to have discovered Ms.
Funicello in a school production of “Swan Lake.” She was the star.
The last of the children selected for the program, Ms. Her fan mail — 6,000 letters or more per week — demonstrated her popularity. Would you wear a one-piece suit, or if it’s a two-piece, please don’t expose your navel.” After the beach movies and several others — including “Head,” co-written by Jack Nicholson — Ms.
An untold number of those missives proposed marriage. Disney kept our fan mail from us because he didn’t want to start any jealousy. Funicello, along with her fans, moved into the next stage of life and largely retreated from the public gaze to raise her children.
She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club.
As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles "O Dio Mio", "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess", as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.
She was born in the year 1942 on 22nd of October but sadly she passed away in the year 2013 on 8th of April at an age of 70.
Annette took dancing and music lessons as a child to overcome shyness.
In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
She died of complications from the disease on April 8, 2013.
"I really didn’t know how popular I was at first,” she once told film critic Gene Siskel. But then it got out of hand after about a year.” When the show ended in 1959, she was the only “Mouse Club” member to be offered a Disney contract. She returned to American television sets chiefly as a promoter of Skippy peanut butter.
She appeared in a number of Disney films, including “The Shaggy Dog” (1959), “Babes in Toyland” (1961) and “The Misadventures of Merlin Jones” (1964). Over the years, she appeared in television shows such as “The Love Boat” and “Fantasy Island.” In 1987, she co-starred with Avalon in “Back to the Beach,” a film in which they poked fun at themselves.