Annette Funicello Net Worth

Annette Funicello Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Annette Joanne Funicello net worth is
$15 Million

Annette Joanne Funicello Wiki Biography

Annette Joanne Funicello was an actress and a singer, born on 22nd October 1942 in Utica, New York State USA, and rose to stardom as one of the most popular Mouseketeers of the original ’’Mickey Mouse Club“, and continued her career as a successful singer with singles such as ’’Tall Paul“ and ’’Pineapple Princess“. She also had a notable acting career, popularizing the ’’Beach Party“ genre in the mid- ’60s. Annette passed away in 2013.

Have you ever wondered how rich Annette Funicello was? According to sources, it has been estimated that Funicello’s overall net worth was $15 million, accumulated thanks to a successful career in both acting and singing.

Annette Funicello Net Worth $15 Million

Born to Italian Americans in New York, Annette grew up in Los Angeles as her parents moved there when she was four years old. Funicello drew public attention as a child, when she appeared in Walt Disney’s production of ’’Swan Lake“ after which she was invited to audition for ’’The Mickey Mouse Club“ children’s show. She was accepted and quickly became its most popular cast member, first appearing on the show in October 1955, at the age of 13. This turned out to be her big entrance to the entertainment industry, as she continued her career under contract to Disney even after leaving the show. She was next seen on TV shows like ’’Zorro“(1957) and ’’The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca“(1958). In addition to this, Funicello starred in several Disney feature films, such as ’’The Shaggy Dog“(1959), ’’Babes in Toyland“(1961), ’’The Misadventures of Merlin Jones“(1964) and ’’The Monkey’s Uncle“(1965). As a young woman, Annette also gained popularity for starring in a series of beach party films next to Frankie Avalon. including ’’Beach Party“(1963), ’’Muscle Beach Party“(1964), ’’Bikini Beach“(1964), ’’Beach Blanket Bingo“(1965) and ’’How to Stuff a Wild Bikini“(1965), all contributing to her net worth .

It was in this period of time that Funicello also launched her singing career. She recorded several Top 40 pop singles such as ’’First Name Initial“, ’’Tall Paul“, ’’How Will I Know My Love“ and ’’Pineapple Princess“.

In her later career, Annette re-established her cooperation with Avalon to co-produce and star in Paramount’s ’’Back to the Beach“(1987). Two years later, the duo started a nostalgic concert tour, performing the hit singles from the ’60s.

When it comes to her private life, Funicello married twice. Her first marriage was to Jack Gilardi from 1965 to 1981, with whom she had three children. In 1986, Annette married Glen Holt, and the two resided in Encino, a small neighborhood outside San Fernando Valley. In 1992, Funicello disclosed she had been fighting multiple sclerosis since 1987. This is one of the reasons she founded the Annette Funicello Teddy Bear Company to assist in fundraising against such neurological disorders. She died at the age of 70 at Mercy Southwest Hospital. on 8th April 2013, in Bakersfield, California.

Full NameAnnette Funicello
Net Worth$15 Million
Date Of BirthOctober 22, 1942
DiedApril 8, 2013, Bakersfield, California, United States
Place Of BirthUtica, New York, U.S.
Height5' 3" (1.6 m)
ProfessionActress, Soundtrack, Writer
SpouseGlen Holt (m. 1986–2013), Jack Gilardi (m. 1965–1981)
ChildrenGina Portman, Jason Gilardi, Jack Gilardi Jr.
ParentsJoseph Funicello, Virginia Jeanne Funicello
SiblingsMichael Funicello, Joey Funicello
MoviesBeach Party, Beach Blanket Bingo, Muscle Beach Party, Bikini Beach, Back to the Beach, How to Stuff a Wild Bikini, Babes in Toyland, The Shaggy Dog, Pajama Party, Ski Party, Thunder Alley, The Monkey's Uncle, Fireball 500, The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine, The H...
TV ShowsThe Mickey Mouse Club, The Danny Thomas Show, Walt Disney Presents: Annette, Spin and Marty, Adventure in Dairyland, Make Room for Granddaddy, The Further Adventures of Spin and Marty, Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon, The New Adventures of Spin and Marty, The Music Shop
1Her sweet smile.
2Beach Party Movies
3Mickey Mouse Club Mouseketeer
4Disney movies
1The Disney studio wasn't like other studios. It was just like home - it always had a small-town, family atmosphere.
1Her funeral was conducted in a private ceremony at Cherished Memories Memorial Chapel in Bakersfield, California.
2She was cremated. Her ashes were given to her family.
3When asked in a 20/20 interview how she got the role as a mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club program, she replied: "I was the ethnic one. Everybody else looked like I wanted to look my entire life: blue eyed and freckle faced".
4She was 17 years old at the time the Sweetheart of the Valley Mayors honor was given to her. It came about when "Television's Singing Troubadour, Jimmie Jackson" arranged for her to be given the designation of the "Sweetheart of the San Fernando Valley Mayors" at the May 2, 1957, grand opening of his new Tambour restaurant (tambour is African for "Drum") in Tarzana. Jackson was a longtime friend of Annette's parents Joe and Virginia, and wanted to do something special for their daughter in connection with his restaurant's opening. Jackson called together some of his old friends and former guests from his Hollywood television show, "Memory Lane" who were now "Honorary" mayors of various small towns in the San Fernando Valley. Covering the event was the "Valley News and Green Sheet"--now "The Valley News"--and the Los Angeles Times. Annette was escorted by film and television performer, J.P. Sloane. Annette would also appear with Jackson and Sloane five years later in a television special titled, An Evening at the Inn (1962).
5Died four days after film critic Roger Ebert. Both were unable to eat, drink and talk for their last years. They were also born in 1942 and died aged 70.
6Annette still lives in her first house a few miles from where she grew up. She has a collectable bear business, a line of perfume and she started the Annette Funicello Fund for Neurological Disorders. [2006]
7Her home suffered major fire damage and wheelchair-bound Annette and her husband were hospitalized and treated for smoke inhalation. [March 2011]
8She spent her final years mostly confined to a wheelchair that was specially designed by her horse-trainer husband with a seat from a harness-racing sulky.
9Her biggest hit single was "Tall Paul" (#7 US Pop 1959). She had later success with "Pineapple Princess" which peaked at #11 US Pop, in the summer of 1960.
10Sister of Michael Funicello and Joey Funicello.
11When she began working for the Disney studio, she suggested to her employer that she change her Italian family name of Funicello to something more "American", as was often done in those days. Walt Disney vehemently argued against this idea, saying that her own name was actually an asset because it was so unique that no one who heard it would ever be able to forget it. He convinced the young actress to retain it.
12Paul Anka wrote the song "Puppy Love" about his romance with her.
13Is portrayed by Eva LaRue in A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995).
14In 1977, Annette played the Blue Fairy in Disneylands "Main Street Electrical Parade"
15When she was cast in her first beach movie, Walt Disney asked her to not wear a bikini and instead wear a one-piece swimsuit because she had an image to uphold. She agreed.
16Her favorite TV series was Zorro (1957). For her birthday one year, Walt Disney (who knew she was a fan of the show) arranged to have her guest star on one episode.
17When she made the various beach pictures for American International Pictures (AIP), she was still technically under contract to Disney, doing the AIP films on a loan-out basis, something of which Walt Disney always emphatically reminded her.
18Daughter of Joe Funicello and Virginia Funicello, mother of Gina Portman, Jack Gilardi Jr. and Jason Gilardi, mother-in-law of John Portman.
19Her son, Jason Gilardi, is the drummer for the rock band Caroline's Spine, which was once signed to the Disney-owned label Hollywood Records. He also appears as himself in her biopic, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story (1995).
20Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1987.
21Underwent brain surgery to slow down the tremors which result from her MS. Is recovering at home. [November 1999]


A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story1995TV MovieAnnette Funicello
Back to the Beach1987Annette
Growing Pains1986TV SeriesMrs. Hinkley
Lots of Luck1985TV MovieJulie Maris
The Love Boat1978-1982TV SeriesKate Ladell / Roberta Roberts
Fantasy Island1979-1981TV SeriesElizabeth 'Liz' Drake / Mary Ann Carlin / Edna Kamberley
Frankie and Annette: The Second Time Around1978TV MovieAnnette
Easy Does It... Starring Frankie Avalon1976TV SeriesSpecial Guest Star
Love, American Style1971TV SeriesMillie (segment "Love and the Tuba")
Hondo1967TV SeriesAnne Williams / Anne
Thunder Alley1967Francie Madsen
Fireball 5001966Jane Harris
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine1965Girl in Dungeon
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini1965Dee Dee
Ski Party1965Prof. Sonya Roberts (uncredited)
The Monkey's Uncle1965Jennifer
Beach Blanket Bingo1965Dee Dee
Burke's Law1963-1965TV SeriesAnna Najensky / Dorrie Marsh
Pajama Party1964Connie
Bikini Beach1964Dee Dee
Muscle Beach Party1964Dee Dee
The Greatest Show on Earth1964TV SeriesMelanie Keller
The Misadventures of Merlin Jones1964Jennifer (as Annette)
Wagon Train1963TV SeriesRose Pulaski
Beach Party1963Dolores
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1959-1962TV SeriesAnnette Aliotto / Dinah Wilcox / Constancia de la Torre / ...
Babes in Toyland1961Mary Contrary (as Annette)
Zorro1959-1961TV SeriesAnita Cabrillo Constancia de la Torre
Make Room for Daddy1959TV SeriesGina Minelli
The Shaggy Dog1959Allison D'Allessio
Annette1958TV SeriesAnnette McCloud
The New Adventures of Spin and Marty1957TV SeriesAnnette
Further Adventures of Spin and Marty1956TV SeriesAnnette


Back to the Beach Boys2012TV Series short performer - 1 episode
California's Golden Parks2009TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story2009Documentary performer: "Tall Paul", "Wild Willie", "Pineapple Princess", "Strummin' Song", "The Monkey's Uncle"
Hollywood Rocks the Movies: The Early Years (1955-1970)2000TV Movie documentary performer: "Beach Party"
Full House1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Good Morning, Vietnam1987performer: "Beach Blanket Bingo"
Back to the Beach1987performer: "As Beauty Does", "Jamaica Ska"
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars1987Video short performer: "Tall Paul"
DTV: Golden Oldies1984Video performer: "Pineapple Princess", "Tall Paul"
Disney Dimanche1979TV Series performer - 1 episode
Good Old Days Part II1978TV Special performer: "You've Got Personality", "Breaking Up is Hard to Do", "I'm Leaving it All Up To You", "I Want to Hold Your Hand", "My Boyfriend's Back"
Thunder Alley1967performer: "When You Get What You Want", "What's A Girl To Do"
Fireball 5001966performer: "Step Right Up"
How to Stuff a Wild Bikini1965performer: "Better Be Ready", "The Perfect Boy", "If It's Gonna Happen" - uncredited
The Monkey's Uncle1965performer: "The Monkey's Uncle"
Beach Blanket Bingo1965performer: "Beach Blanket Bingo", "I Think You Think", "I'll Never Change Him" - uncredited
Pajama Party1964performer: "It's That Kind of Day", "There Has to Be a Reason", "Pajama Party", "Stuffed Animal"
Primitive Love1964performer: "Date Night in Hawaii" - as Annette / performer: "Date Night"
Bikini Beach1964performer: "Because You're You", "This Time It's Love"
Muscle Beach Party1964performer: "Surfer's Holiday", "A Girl Needs a Boy"
Celebrity Party1963TV Movie performer: "Promise Me Anything Give Me Love"
Beach Party1963performer: "Beach Party", "Promise Me Anything Give Me Love", "Treat Him Nicely"
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1962TV Series performer - 1 episode
Babes in Toyland1961performer: "Just A Whisper Away", "I Can't Do The Sum", "Go To Sleep", "Toyland", "Workshop Song", "Just A Toy"
The Parent Trap1961performer: "The Parent Trap"
Make Room for Daddy1959TV Series performer - 2 episodes


A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story1995TV Movie book "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes"


Back to the Beach1987co-executive producer


Teen Beach Movie2013TV Movie in memory of Disney Legend: the world's most beloved beach movie star
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode
Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine1965special thanks


Biography1996TV Series documentaryHerself
Tom Snyder1994TV SeriesHerself
Sally Jessy Raphael1994TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight1984-1993TV SeriesHerself
Vicki!1992-1993TV SeriesHerself
The Oprah Winfrey Show1992TV SeriesHerself
20/201992TV Series documentaryHerself
Good Morning America1979-1992TV SeriesHerself
Idols1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHerself
The Best of Disney: 50 Years of Magic1991TV Movie documentaryHerself
Full House1991TV SeriesHerself
The Joan Rivers Show1990TV SeriesHerself
The All New Mickey Mouse Club1990TV SeriesHerself
U.S.A. Today: The Television Series1989TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael1989TV SeriesHerself
Troop Beverly Hills1989Herself
The 6th Annual American Cinema Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
Christmas at Pee Wee's Playhouse1988TV MovieHerself
Mickey's 60th Birthday1988TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1967-1987TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Today1987TV SeriesHerself
Friday Night1987TV SeriesHerself
Attitudes1987TV SeriesHerself
Fame, Fortune and Romance1987TV SeriesHerself
The Disney Family Album1985TV Series documentaryHerself
Disneyland's 30th Anniversary Celebration1985TV Movie documentaryHerself
Nashville Now1984TV SeriesHerself
Hour Magazine1980-1982TV SeriesHerself
The John Davidson Show1980-1982TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Directing / Writing in a Comedy Series
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1955-1980TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Performer / Herself - Mouseketeer / ...
Men Who Rate a 101980TV SpecialHerself
Kraft Salutes Disneyland's 25th Anniversary1980TV SpecialHerself
The Arthur Godfrey Special1979TV MovieHerself
Dinah!1975-1979TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Good Old Days Part II1978TV SpecialHerself - Co-Host
Mickey's 501978DocumentaryHerself
ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration1978TV SpecialHerself
ABC 25th Anniversary1978TV MovieHerself
Circus of the Stars #21977TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
Good Old Days1977TV MovieHerself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary1977TV SpecialHerself
The New Mickey Mouse Club1977TV SeriesHerself
The Captain and Tennille1976TV SeriesHerself
The Mike Douglas Show1964-1976TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself / Herself - Singer / ...
Tomorrow Coast to Coast1975TV SeriesHerself
Walt Disney: A Golden Anniversary Salute1973TV SpecialHerself
The Wizard of Odds1973TV SeriesHerself
Dinah's Place1973TV SeriesHerself
The Mouse Factory1972-1973TV SeriesHerself
American Bandstand's 20th Anniversary1973TV MovieHerself
The John Byner Comedy Hour1972TV SeriesHerself
The Grand Opening of Walt Disney World1971TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Merv Griffin Show1970TV SeriesHerself
It Takes Two1969TV SeriesPanelist
The Woody Woodbury Show1967TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Palace1967TV SeriesHerself
Everybody's Talking1967TV SeriesHerself
Malibu U.1967TV SeriesHerself
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
The Hollywood Squares1967TV SeriesHerself
The Pat Boone Show1967TV SeriesHerself
The Ed Sullivan Show1966TV SeriesSinger
Hullabaloo1965TV SeriesHerself - Co-Host
The Bob Hope Show1964TV SeriesHerself
The Bob Hope Thanksgiving Special1964TV SpecialHerself
The Tennessee Ernie Ford Hour1964TV SpecialHerself
Juke Box Jury1960-1964TV SeriesHerself - Panellist
Celebrity Party1963TV MovieHerself
New American Bandstand 19651959-1963TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Musical Guest
Fractured Flickers1963TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1963TV SpecialHerself (as Annette)
The Tonight Show1962TV SeriesHerself
An Evening at the Inn1962TV MovieHerself
Here's Hollywood1961TV SeriesHerself
The 33rd Annual Academy Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Juvenile Award for Hayley Mills
The Dick Clark Show1959-1960TV SeriesHerself
About Faces1960TV SeriesHerself
Gala Day at Disneyland1960ShortHerself
It Could Be You1959TV SeriesHerself
The Juke Box Jury1959TV SeriesHerself
The KPIX Dance Party1959TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mickey Mouse Club1955-1958TV SeriesHerself
Adventure in Dairyland1956TV SeriesHerself
3D Jamboree1956ShortHerself

Archive Footage

My Music: Summer, Surf & Beach Music We Love2016TV MovieHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Actress / Singer / Mouseketeer (In Memoriam)
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Actor (In Memoriam)
Plages des 60's2010TV Mini-Series documentaryDee Dee
The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics2008TV Movie documentaryMary Contrary
Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project2007DocumentaryDeeDee
Disneyland: The First 50 Magical Years2005Documentary shortHerself (uncredited)
The Mickey Mouse Club Story1995TV Special documentaryHerself
The Best of Bandstand: The Superstars1987Video shortHerself (As Annette)
The Walt Disney Comedy and Magic Revue1985Video shortMary Contrary
DTV: Golden Oldies1984VideoHerself
Elfego Baca: Six Gun Law1966Chiquita

Won Awards

1993Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureAwarded on September 14, 1993 at 6834 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated Awards

1965Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsMusical Performance, FemaleMuscle Beach Party (1964)

Known for movies

IMDB Wikipedia

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