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Annette Funicello

Annette Joanne Funicello (born October 22, 1942) is an American actress and singer. Beginning her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve, Funicello 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 "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. Annette Joanne Funicello was born in Utica, New York, to Italian Americans Virginia Jeanne (née Albano) and Joseph Funicello. Her family moved to Southern California when she was four years old. Funicello took dancing and music lessons as a child to overcome shyness. In 1955, the 12-year-old was discovered by Walt Disney when she performed as the Swan Queen in Swan Lake at a dance recital in Burbank, California. Disney cast her as one of the original "Mouseketeers". She was the last to be selected, and one of the only cast-members to be personally selected by Walt Disney himself. She proved to be very popular and by the end of the first season

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Annette Funicello Dead -- Mouseketeer Dies at 70

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Legendary Mouseketeer Dead at 70

Annette Funicello -- the undisputed queen of the "Mickey Mouse Club" -- has died, according to Disney's official fan club Twitter. She was 70. Funicello was a triple threat -- Mouseketeer, pop… READ MORE >

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Annette Funicello -- Mickey Mouse Club Star Sued Over House Fire

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Mickey Mouse Club Star Sued Over House Fire

Who's the member of the club that's being sued for a 2011 house fire?? It ain't Mickey Mouse ... it's Annette Funicello ... one of the original members of the Mickey Mouse Club. It's actually a… READ MORE >

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Annette Funicello's House -- The Fiery Damage

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