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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

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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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Eva LaRue and David Lipper both appeared in Fuller House See more »

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Great Movie
16 February 2014 | by roxansamiSee all my reviews

I would love to share this movie with my granddaughter but apparently it is not available for purchase. If you were a fan of Annette's and haven't had a chance to see this movie you've missed a good story. Making it even better is that it is told by Annette herself. I started as a fan of the Mouseketeers. Later I was hooked on the "beach" movies. I read all those teen magazines growing up to follow her story. It was only as I got older that I realized they printed "fluff". Watching this movie you see her real life. It wasn't all beach parties and songs. Annette lived an interesting life and never let the downs keep her there. I hope those "in charge" release this movie for purchase...or, at least, show it again on t.v.


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