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This “Mickey Mouse Club” Mousketeer (1955) went on to become the teen queen of the 1960’s & star of numerous Beach Party Movies such as “Beach Party” (1963), “Muscle Beach Party” (1964), “Bikini Beach” (1964), “Beach Blanket Bingo” (1965) & “How To Stuff A Wild Bikini” (1965) opposite frequent co-star Frankie Avalon.

Other memorable films for Annette include, “The Shaggy Dog” (1959), “Babes In Toyland” (1961), “The Monkey’s Uncle” (1965), “Fireball 500” (1966) &  “Thunder Alley” (1967). In 1987 Annette & Frankie were reunited to star in the big budget “Beach Party” spoof “Back To The Beach”.

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Birth Name:
Annette Joanne Funicello

Date Of Birth:
22nd October 1942

Place Of Birth:
Utica, New York, USA

Height: 5’ 3”

Nickname: Annie

Glen Holt (1986 - Present)
Jack Gilardi (1965 - 1981)

Debut Film:
“The Shaggy Dog” (1959)

Signature Film Series:
The “Beach Party” films of the 1960’s.

Trivia: In 1995 a TV biopic about Annette’s life was produced titled, “A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story”.

Annette Funicello’s Beach Party Films:

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Beach Party [DVD](1963) DVD
The first entry in AIP's beach comedy series stars Bob Cummings as an anthropologist studying teenage mating 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. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Muscle Beach Party (1964)/Ski Party [DVD](1965) DVD
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. Next up, Frankie trades in his spoon for some slats and hits the slopes with Dwayne Hickman to find out why their gals are swooning over ski bum Aron Kincaid...with the guys resorting to dressing up as girls! Songs include "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by James Brown, "Lots, Lots More" and "Ski Party." With Deborah Walley, Yvonne Craig, Lesley Gore. 186 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Bikini Beach [DVD](1964) DVD
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. Widescreen and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.


Pajama Party [DVD](1964) DVD
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. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer; scene access.

Beach Blanket Bingo [DVD](1965) DVD
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. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.

How To Stuff A Wild Bikini [DVD](1965) DVD
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. Widescreen and Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby mono; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.

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 Dolby Digital mono; Spanish Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.

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.


Other Annette Funicello Movies on VHS & DVD:

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 [DVD](1961) DVD
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. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital Surround.

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.

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 Dolby Digital mono; interactive menus; theatrical trailers.

Troop Beverly Hills [DVD](1989) DVD
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 & special appearance by Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello. 105 min. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English, French; theatrical trailers.


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Annette Funicello Movies at Hollywood Teen Movies

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Beach Party (1963)
Muscle Beach Party (1964)
Bikini Beach (1964)
Pajama Party (1964)
Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
How To Stuff A Wild Bikini (1965)
Dr. GoldFoot And The Bikini Machine (1965)
Fireball 500 (1966)
Back To The Beach (1987)

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