Annette Joanne Funicello (October 22, 1942 – April 8, 2013) was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. 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.
Disney renames Mouseketeer stage for Funicello
Yahoo Entertainment, 2013-06-25 00:55:21
BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — The stage at Walt Disney Studios where "The Mickey Mouse Club" was filmed is now officially the Annette Funicello Stage.
Passage: Annette Funicello and Jonathan Winters
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2013-04-14 13:46:34
We said goodbye this week to two beloved performers: A Mouseketeer and an improv genius
Would Annette recognize today's Calif beach scene?
Yahoo Entertainment, 2013-04-10 08:38:32
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When she traded in her Mousketeer ears for a surfboard and a modest one-piece bathing suit, Annette Funicello helped create a world as fanciful as Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.