22nd of October 1942

Utica, New York, USA


Annie. Her dad called her Dolly.

* Annette was one of the original Mouseketeers in the popular 1955 show "The Mickey Mouse Club".

* Most of the original cast of the "Mickey Mouse Club" faded from the spotlight but Annette went on to become a recording artist & movie star.

* Annette married Jack Gilardi in 1965. They were divorced in 1981.

* Annette has 3 children from her first marriage.

* In the 1960's she appeared with teen idol Frankie Avalon in a series of very popular beach party films.

* In 1986 Annette married Glen Holt. She is still married to him to this day.

* In 1987 she re-teamed with former co-star Frankie Avalon in the comedy "Back To The Beach". This movie was a hilarious parody of the earlier beach films she made in the 1960's.

* Sadly, in 1987 Annette was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

* In 1995 there was a televison film made about her life entitled "Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story".

* In November 1999, Annette underwent surgery to slow down tremors caused by multiple sclerosis.

* She has set up the Annette Funicello fund for people with neurological disorders.

* Today, Annette has a collectible bear business & her own line of perfumes.

* 1989 - Troop Beverly Hills
* 1987 - Back To The Beach
* 1967 - Thunder Alley
* 1966 - Fireball 500
* 1965 - Beach Blanket Bingo
* 1965 - How To Stuff A Wild Bikini
* 1965 - The Monkey's Uncle
* 1964 - Pajama Party
* 1964 - Bikini Beach
* 1964 - Muscle Beach Party
* 1963 - Beach Party
* 1961 - Babes In Toyland
* 1959 - The Shaggy Dog
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Hullabaloo, Vol. 5 VHS
Drive-in faves Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello are co-hosts for this episode, singing "All I Need Now Is the Girl," "Chim Chim Cheree" and more, plus guest artists The Kinks ("You Really Got Me"), Dobie Gray ("The In Crowd"), Freddie & The Dreamers ("I'm Telling You Now"), The Brothers Four ("Rock Island Line") and others.

The Shaggy Dog(1959) VHS
Thanks to a magical ring, a teenager is transformed into a sheepdog and has to perform an act of bravery in order to change back in this doggone funny film, Disney's first live-action comedy. Fred MacMurray, Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Jean Hagen star. 104 min.

Babes In Toyland(1961) VHS
Grand Disney adaptation of the holiday musical favorite "March of the Wooden Soldiers" stars Tommy Sands and Annette Funicello as Mother Goose Land lovers Tom Piper and Mary Contrary, Ray Bolger as wicked Mr. Barnaby, and Ed Wynn as the addlebrained Toymaker. 105 min. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

Beach Party(1963) VHS
The first entry in AIP's beach comedy series stars Bob Cummings as an anthropologist studying teenagemating habits who picks Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello as his subjects. With Morey Amsterdam, Dorothy Malone, Dick Dale and The Del-Tones, and Harvey Lembeck as Eric Von Zipper. 98 min.

Bikini Beach(1964) VHS
When a wealthy newspaperman wants to turn the local beach into a senior citizen's home, everyone's at arms. What's Annette gonna do--not just about this situation, but about choosing between a British pop star and her jealous boyfriend (Frankie Avalon in two parts)? Don Rickles, Little Stevie Wonder, The Pyramids, Harvey Lembeck and Keenan Wynn star. 100 min.

Muscle Beach Party(1964) VHS
Surf's up! Frankie and Annette sure have their hands full in this one, what with gym owner Don Rickles and his musclemen trying to take over the beach, lovesick heiress Luciana Paluzzi trying to snare Frankie, and Little Stevie Wonder stopping by to perform "Happy Street." With Morey Amsterdam, Buddy Hackett. 94 min.

Pajama Party(1964) VHS
Whacked-out AIP entry finds Martian Tommy Kirk landing on Earth to scope it out for a future invasion and finding romance with curvaceous Annette Funicello, much to the dismay of boyfriend Jody McCrea. Mix in Harvey Lembeck's Eric Von Zipper, a couple of crooks, Buster Keaton as Chief Rotten Eagle, Dorothy Lamour, and a pajama party thrown by Annette's aunt Elsa Lanchester, and you have a beach party classic minus the sand.

The Misadventures Of Merlin Jones(1964) VHS
Tommy Kirk and Annette Funicello star in this slapstick Disney comedy about a college "genius" whose latest invention, a mind-reading machine, backfires and lands him in hot water with a judge. With Leon Ames. 90 min. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

Beach Blanket Bingo(1965) VHS
The "Beach Party" gang is back again for laughs, rock and roll, surfing and those sexy two-piece bathing suits. The plot, such as it is, involves a missing singing star, a mermaid, and Eric Von Zipper's gang. With Frankie, Annette, Harvey Lembeck, Linda Evans, Paul Lynde, Don Rickles. 98 min.

Dr. Goldfoot And The Bikini Machine [DVD](1965) DVD
Mad scientist Vincent Price has constructed an army of beautiful bikini-clad robots as part of his scheme to control the world's richest men, and only bumbling secret agents Frankie Avalon and Dwayne Hickman can stop him in this wild sci-fi spy spoof. With a cameo by Annette Funicello and a title song by The Supremes. 89 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini(1965) VHS
Fearful that buddy Dwayne Hickman will hit on Annette Funicello while he's on Naval Reserve duty, Frankie Avalon gets witch doctor Buster Keaton to send a magical bikini (stuffed with beautiful Beverly Adams) to woo away Hickman. And that's just the start of the hi-jinks in this bouncy beach comedy that also stars Mickey Rooney, The Kingsmen ("Louie Louie"), and Harvey Lembeck; look for Brian Wilson as a (what else?) "beach boy." 93 min.

The Monkey's Uncle(1965) VHS
Wacky teen inventor Merlin Jones is up to his old tricks in this comedy for the whole family, trying out the "sleep-teaching" experiment he performed on his pet chimp on some schoolmates who need his help to pass a big test. Tommy Kirk, Annette Funicello, Leon Ames, Arthur O'Connell star. 90 min. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

Thunder Alley(1967) VHS
Stock car racer Fabian is forced to retire after a blackout on the track leads to the death of another driver. Taking a job with Jan Murray's "thrill circus," he teaches Annette Funicello and boyfriend Warren Berlinger to race, but when Fabian's old girlfriend causes friction between the trio, he must get back behind the wheel and overcome his affliction in this rubber-burning thriller from director Richard Rush ("The Stunt Man"). 90 min.

Head(1968) VHS

Head [DVD](1968) DVD
The Monkees' only feature film is a riotous hodgepodge of spaced-out comedy vignettes mixed with a collage of old film clips and cameos Frank Zappa, Victor Mature, Teri Garr, Annette Funicello, Carol Doda and others. This classic culmination of Monkeemania was co-authored by Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson. 86 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono; theatrical trailers; scene access.

Back To The Beach(1987) VHS
Your favorite seaside sweethearts, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, return to the sunny shores of California in this winning spoof of their '60s beach movies. Now married, Frankie and Annette visit the old haunts with their kids and wind up singing, surfing, fighting and making up--just like in the old days. With Lori Loughlin, Connie Stevens and lots of cameos. 92 min.

Troop Beverly Hills(1989) VHS
New den mother Shelley Long pampers her daughter's Wilderness Girls troop with shopping trips and expeditions in the L.A. lifestyle in this outrageous comedy. With Betty Thomas, Craig T. Nelson. 105 min.

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