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Annette Funicello

Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, NY
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The "sweetheart" of TV's The Mickey Mouse Club, American entertainer Annette Funicello began performing at age 10. The Disney people themselves sensed that Funicello had star quality, building several musical numbers around her on The Mickey Mouse ... Read Full Biography
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