A proposed live-action feature was to have starred some of the Mouseketeers, including as Dorothy and Funicello as Ozma. Camarata had her double-track her vocals, matching her first track as closely as possible on the second recording to achieve a fuller sound than her voice would otherwise produce. In the shopping and dining area of , a 1950s themed restaurant, Annette's Diner, is named after her. Avalon was back as Funicello's co star in 1965 , then she and Kirk did a sequel to Merlin Jones, 1965.
The film was a huge hit at the box office. These included , the second and third serials — The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty 1956 and The New Adventures of Spin and Marty 1957 , and 1958 which co-starred. The movie was popular enough for them to try another stock car movie, 1967 with Funicello and Fabian. She launched her own production company called Annette Schwarz Production in 2004. Funicello guest starred on episodes of , and , then did another two-part Disney telemovie with Kirk, 1964. On April 8, 2013, Funicello died at Mercy Southwest Hospital in , at age 70, from complications due to multiple sclerosis.
Box office receipts for the series were in decline, and neither Avalon or Funicello appeared in the final instalment, 1966. The program revealed that her disease had severely damaged her nervous system; Funicello had lost the ability to walk in 2004, the ability to speak in 2009, and, at the time of the profile, she required round-the-clock care in order to survive. She was also very close to fellow Mouseketeers she later claimed in an autobiography that he was her first boyfriend during the first season of the Mickey Mouse Club , , , , her Disney co-star, , and her Beach movies co-star,. Retrieved on April 23, 2013. The last collection in the series was made in 2004. In the final scene, the actress portraying Funicello , using a wheelchair, turns away from the camera — turning back, it is Funicello herself, who delivered a message to a group of children.
This role was reportedly a birthday present from Walt Disney, and the first of two different characters played opposite as Zorro. They were released by Disney's label. Media coverage of Funicello's death was almost completely overshadowed by that of former British prime minister who died on the same day. Annette made her feature film debut in the Disney-produced comedy 1959 with and.
During this period, she produced a line of teddy bears for the Annette Funicello Collectible Bear Company. She began to suffer from dizziness and balance issues, but initially kept the episodes from family and friends. Retrieved on April 20, 2013. Schwarz started her career at 18 when she moved to Munich. Archived from on January 3, 2014. .
She suffered smoke inhalation, but was otherwise unharmed. She will forever hold a place in our hearts as one of Walt Disney's brightest stars, delighting an entire generation of baby boomers with her jubilant personality and endless talent. Funicello as a Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club 1956 Annette took dancing and music lessons as a child to overcome shyness. In March 2011, her longtime , home caught fire. In 2011 she began directing adult films.
She was the last to be selected, and one of the few cast-members to be personally selected by Walt Disney himself. In 1992, Funicello announced that she had been diagnosed with. The title was taken from a from the Disney movie. However, she wore a pink two-piece in Beach Party, a white two-piece fishnet suit in the second film Muscle Beach Party and a blue and white bikini in the third Bikini Beach. At the time of her death, Funicello's family and Fabares were with her. Chicago Daily Tribune 7 Feb 1959: c3.
Funicello guest starred on and had a cameo in. She received her star on the for motion pictures on September 14, 1993, located at 6834 Hollywood Blvd. She had a multiple-episode guest arc on as an Italian exchange student. In 1993, she opened the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders at the California Community Foundation.
Preview segments from the film aired on September 11, 1957, on 's fourth anniversary show. In addition to appearing in many Mouseketeer sketches and dance routines, Funicello starred in several serials on The Mickey Mouse Club. However she still occasionally acted, making guest appearances on shows like , , and. Funicello began her professional career as a at the age of twelve. Chicago Daily Tribune 26 Jan 1961: a9. Funicello proved to be very popular and by the end of the first season of The Mickey Mouse Club, she was receiving 6,000 letters a month, according to her biography - more than any other Mouseketeer.
She died of complications from the disease on April 8, 2013. Her funeral was a private ceremony held on April 12, 2013, at the Cherished Memories Memorial Chapel in Bakersfield, California. The two would also perform together live. She has also worked as a nurse. Archived from on May 11, 2013. All of us at Disney join with family, friends and fans around the world in celebrating her extraordinary life.