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Annette Funicello

Annette Funicello with Frankie Avalone1) Annette Joanne Funicello was born on October 22, 1942 to Italian-Americans Joseph and Virginia Funicello.
Where was Annette born?

  1. Buffalo, New York
  2. Ithaca, New York
  3. Utica, New York

2) 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 the only one personally picked by Walt Disney himself.

  • True or False?

3) Annette proved to be very popular and by the end of the first season of Mickey Mouse Club, she was receiving many letters a month, according to her Disney Legends biography.
How many letters did she receive a month?

  1. 3,000
  2. 6,000
  3. 9,000

4) In a hayride scene in the Annette serial she performed the song that launched her singing career.
What was the song?

  1. "How Will I Know My Love"
  2. "It's a Small World"
  3. "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"

5) What is NOT a hit song for Annette?

  1. "Pineapple Princess"
  2. “Tall Paul”
  3. “The Shaggy Dog”

6) The plot for Beach Party (1963) is about an anthropologist, Professor Robert Orwell Sutwell. He is secretly studying the "wild mating habits" of Southern California teenagers who hang out at the beach and use strange surfing jargon.
Who is Annette’s character?

  1. Dolores
  2. Jody
  3. Marianne

7) In Beach Blanket Bingo, Annette played Dee Dee.
Who played Sugar Kane?

  1. Linda Evans
  2. Marta Kristen
  3. Deborah Walley

8) Annette was married to her first husband, Jack Gilardi, from 1965 until 1981. They had three children: Gina (b. 1966), Jack, Jr. (b. 1970) and Jason (b. 1974).
When did she marry Glen Holt.

  1. 1982
  2. 1984
  3. 1986

9) She began to suffer from dizzy spells, but kept her failing health from her family.
Funicello announced in 1992 that she suffers from multiple sclerosis. She had kept her condition a secret for many years, but felt it necessary to go public to combat rumors that her impaired ability to walk was the result of alcoholism.

  • True or False?

10) Her autobiography is A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story. The title is taken from a song from the Disney movie Cinderella.
When was the book published?

  • 1990
  • 1992
  • 1994
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Annette Funicello

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