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

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 »

Director:

Bill Corcoran

Writers:

Annette Funicello (book), Patricia Romanowski (book) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eva LaRue ... Annette Funicello (as Eva La Rue)
Len Cariou ... Walt Disney
Frank Crudele Frank Crudele ... Joe Funicello
Jack Gilardi Jack Gilardi ... Jack Gilardi
David Lipper ... Paul Anka
Don S. Davis ... Glen Holt
Louis Ferreira ... Young Frankie Avalon (as Justin Louis)
Andrea Nemeth Andrea Nemeth ... Annette Funicello age 12-15
Frankie Avalon ... Frankie Avalon
Annette Funicello ... Annette Funicello
Linda Lavin ... Virginia Funicello
Austin Basile Austin Basile ... Jack Gilardi Jr.
Ahnee Boyce Ahnee Boyce ... Gina Portman (as Annie Boyce)
Jay Brazeau ... Uncle Pete
Victoria Brooks Victoria Brooks ... Jill
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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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Biography | Drama

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At the time this film was produced, Annette had been selling a signature line of collectible teddy bears on QVC for several years. Some of her bears can seen in the closing scenes with the real Annette. See more »

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Not all "happily ever after"
16 October 2005 | by mshueSee all my reviews

Although she grew up in what many would describe as a fairy-tale world, this movie shows that not all Hollywood productions are "happily ever after". I was glad to see that, unlike many biographies, Annette chose to tell the true story, both happy and sad. Her failed relationship with Paul Anka, her divorce from Jack, and her subsequent revealing of her MS, shows what a strong and wonderful person she is. A true stroke of genius by the writers, directors, producers, and Annie herself to use the real Annette throughout the movie and to use her real family during Gina's wedding. I hope her surgery in 1999 was successful and that she is doing well.


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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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