Ex – Mouseketeer who starred in Seaside Party and How exactly to Stuff a Crazy Bikini and sang pop music such as for example “High Paul” and “Pineapple Princess.” She was uncovered by Walt Disney at this 12 during her functionality because the Swan Queen in Swan Lake. She transitioned from a innocent Mouseketeer to some surfer babe in movies such as Muscles Seaside Party, Bikini Seaside, Pajama Party, and Seaside Blanket Bingo. She wedded Jack port Gilardi in 1965, as well as the few had three kids named Gina, Jack port, and Jason. After their divorce, she wedded Glen Holt. She was an integral part of the ensemble for the initial Mickey Mouse Membership, which afterwards helped to popularize Britney Spears.
Full Name Annette Funicello
Date Of Birth October 22, 1942
Died April 8, 2013, Bakersfield, California, United States
Place Of Birth Utica, NY
Height 1.6 m
Profession TV Actress
Spouse Glen Holt, Jack Gilardi
Children Gina Portman, Jason Gilardi, Jack Gilardi Jr.
Parents Joseph Funicello, Virginia Jeanne Funicello
Movies Beach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Bikini Beach, Back to the Beach, Muscle Beach Party, Babes in Toyland, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, The Shaggy Dog, Pajama Party, The Monkey's Uncle, Fireball 500, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Thunder Alley, Ski Party, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, The Horsemasters, Troop Beverly Hills, Head, Escapade in Florence, Lots of Luck, His Majesty O'Keefe, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, Phyllis Diller: Not Just Another Pretty Face, Six-Gun Law
TV Shows The Mickey Mouse Club, Spin and Marty, The Danny Thomas Show, Adventure in Dairyland, Make Room for Granddaddy, Walt Disney Presents: Annette, Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon, The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty, The New Adventures of Spin and Marty, The Music Shop
Star Sign Libra
Her funeral was conducted in a private ceremony at Cherished Memories Memorial Chapel in Bakersfield, California.
She was cremated. Her ashes were given to her family.
When asked in a 20/20 interview how she got the role as a mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club program, she replied: "I was the ethnic one. Everybody else looked like I wanted to look my entire life: blue eyed and freckle faced".
She was 17 years old at the time the Sweetheart of the Valley Mayors honor was given to her. It came about when "Television's Singing Troubadour, Jimmie Jackson" arranged for her to be given the designation of the "Sweetheart of the San Fernando Valley Mayors" at the May 2, 1957, grand opening of his new Tambour restaurant (tambour is African for "Drum") in Tarzana. Jackson was a longtime friend of Annette's parents Joe and Virginia, and wanted to do something special for their daughter in connection with his restaurant's opening. Jackson called together some of his old friends and former guests from his Hollywood television show, "Memory Lane" who were now "Honorary" mayors of various small towns in the San Fernando Valley. Covering the event was the "Valley News and Green Sheet"--now "The Valley News"--and the Los Angeles Times. Annette was escorted by film and television performer, J.P. Sloane. Annette would also appear with Jackson and Sloane five years later in a television special titled, An Evening at the Inn (1962).
Died four days after film critic Roger Ebert. Both were unable to eat, drink and talk for their last years. They were also born in 1942 and died aged 70.
Annette still lives in her first house a few miles from where she grew up. She has a collectable bear business, a line of perfume and she started the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders. 
Her home suffered major fire damage and wheelchair-bound Annette and her husband were hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation. [March 2011]
She spent her final years mostly confined to a wheelchair that was specially designed by her horse-trainer husband with a seat from a harness-racing sulky.
Her biggest hit single was "Tall Paul" (#7 US Pop 1959). She had later success with "Pineapple Princess" which peaked at #11 US Pop, in the summer of 1960.
Sister of Michael Funicello and Joey Funicello.
When she began working for the Disney studio, she suggested to her employer that she change her Italian family name of Funicello to something more "American", as was often done in those days. Walt Disney vehemently argued against this idea, saying that her own name was actually an asset because it was so unique that no one who heard it would ever be able to forget it. He convinced the young actress to retain it.
Paul Anka wrote the song "Puppy Love" about his romance with her.
In 1977, Annette played the Blue Fairy in Disneylands "Main Street Electrical Parade"
When she was cast in her first beach movie, Walt Disney asked her to not wear a bikini and instead wear a one-piece swimsuit because she had an image to uphold. She agreed.
Her favorite TV series was Zorro (1957). For her birthday one year, Walt Disney (who knew she was a fan of the show) arranged to have her guest star on one episode.
When she made the various beach pictures for American International Pictures (AIP), she was still technically under contract to Disney, doing the AIP films on a loan-out basis, something of which Walt Disney always emphatically reminded her.