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Annette Funicello (b. 1942)

Then:
First among Mouseketeers on The Mickey Mouse Club.

Now:
Founder, Annette Funicello Fund For Neurological Disorders.

FYI:

  • Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during making of beach-party reunion, Back to the Beach (1987).
  • Went public with illness in 1992.
  • Bio-depicted in the TV-movie, A Dream Is Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story, based on her 1994 autobiography (1995).
  • Offbeat costar of the Monkees in the band's 1968 film, Head.
  • In-sync costar of Frankie Avalon in 12 films, most involving beach, sand and bikinis.
  • 1960s pop star, charting with the likes of "Tall Paul."
  • Made Mousekedebut at age 12 (1955).
  • Starred in several MMC serials, including the self-named, "Annette."

    Links:

  • Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders
  • Mousestars.com
  • IMDb.com credits


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