- Alexandra M. Apolloni
(b Utica, NY, Oct 22, 1942; d Bakersfield, CA, April 8, 2013). American singer and actor. Raised in Los Angeles she began her career in show business at the age of 12, when she was recruited by Walt Disney to be one of the original Mouseketeers on the television show “The Mickey Mouse Club.” Her popularity led to a starring role in her own Mickey Mouse Club serial, “Annette.” On the basis of her fans’ overwhelming response to her on-air performance of the song “How will I Know my Love,” Funicello was offered a recording contract with Disney’s Buena Vista Records, and the song was released as a single. Under Buena Vista, Funicello released several successful singles including “Tall Paul” (Buena Vista, 1959), “O dio mio” (Buena Vista, 1960), and “Pineapple Princess” (Buena Vista, 1960). She also starred in number of Disney films, including The Shaggy Dog...