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A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995)

TV Movie  -   -  Biography | Drama  -  22 October 1995 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Annette Funicello (as Eva La Rue)
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Glen Holt
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Young Frankie Avalon (as Justin Louis)
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Virginia Funicello
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Gina Portman (as Annie Boyce)
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Victoria Brooks ...
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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. Written by <marxplace@nf.sympatico.ca>

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As a child, she stole your heart. Now her story will touch your heart.

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A tribute to a wonderful lady
30 April 2003 | by (Fullerton, Ca.) – See all my reviews

Like many people, I grew up "Loving" Annette Funicello. This wonderul movie has so many treats besides her biography. It depicts life in the 50's in Hollywood - Walt Disney's discovery of Annette, the making of the Mickey Mouse Club, a young Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, and later Frankie Avalon & Shelly Fabares playing their adult selves. Most of all, the film has such "heart" and is so moving & inspiring as Annette discovers and deals with her MS disease. Hopefully soon the film will go to DVD and some or all of the profits will help with the fight of this disease. If you are lucky enough to catch it on TV - tape it!!


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