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She was cast as one of the original "Mouseketeers", and went on to television roles in Zorro and Elfego Baca , and Disney-produced movies such as The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, and The Monkey's Uncle.
Annette had a number of pop record hits in the late 1950's and early 1960's, including: "Tall Paul" (dedicated to Paul Anka), "First Name Initial," "O Dio Mio," "Train of Love," and "Pineapple Princess."
After maturing, she became a teen idol and went on to star in a series of "Beach Party" movies with Frankie Avalon including Beach Party , Muscle Beach Party , Bikini Beach and Beach Blanket Bingo . Funicello said in interviews that the reason she never wore a bikini or was scantily clad in these films is because she made a promise to Walt Disney that she would never show her navel in a film. They re-united in 1987 for Back to the Beach , and toured the country as a singing act. After keeping it a secret for years, Annette announced in 1992 that she had begun suffering from multiple sclerosis.
Her autobiography, published in 1994, is A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story. A made-for-TV movie based on the book was also made the following year.
- The Shaggy Dog (1959)
- Babes in Toyland (1961)
- Beach Party (1963)
- The Misadventures of Merlin Jones (1964)
- Muscle Beach Party (1964)
- Bikini Beach (1964)
- Pajama Party (1964)
- Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
- The Monkey's Uncle (1965)
- Ski Party (1965) (Cameo)
- How to Stuff a Wild Bikini (1965)
- Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) (Cameo)
- Fireball 500 (1966)
- Thunder Alley (1967)
- Head (1968)
- Back to the Beach (1987)
- Troop Beverly Hills (1989) (Cameo)
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