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This highly-rated television film covers the life of American movie/TV/pop music idol Annette Funicello. The movie starts with the move of her family from New York to California, where in 1955 shy Annette becomes one of the cast of The Mickey Mouse Club. The movie covers her child stardom, her teen idol years, her singing career with big hits like "Tall Paul", her romance with Paul Anka, her classic beach party films with Frankie Avalon, and her first marriage. It also shows her large comeback in the late 1980s and her second marriage, and the day when she found out she had multiple sclerosis.

  1. Bill Corcoran


  2. PJ Torokvei


  3. John McGreevey


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  1. Eva LaRue

    Eva LaRue

    Annette Funicello

  2. Len Cariou

    Len Cariou

    Walt Disney

  3. Frank Crudele

    Frank Crudele

    Joe Funicello

  4. Rob Stewart

    Rob Stewart

    Jack Gilardi

  5. David Lipper

    David Lipper

    Paul Anka

  6. Don S. Davis

    Don S. Davis

    Glen Holt

  7. Louis Ferreira

    Louis Ferreira

    Young Frankie Avalon

  8. Andrea Nemeth

    Andrea Nemeth

    Annette Funicello (age 12-15)

  9. Frankie Avalon

    Frankie Avalon


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Original Language English

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