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When on a spring evening in 1955 Walt Disney saw a pretty, talented twelve-year-old performing in her dance school's annual recital, he knew he'd found just what he'd been looking for: the twenty-fourth and last member of the cast of the new children's TV series he was planning. Only a few months later Annette Funicello set a pair of black felt ears atop her brown curls and marched onto the set of The Mickey Mouse Club, and into the hearts of millions of Americans. From then on, nothing would ever be the same. ...
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When on a spring evening in 1955 Walt Disney saw a pretty, talented twelve-year-old performing in her dance school's annual recital, he knew he'd found just what he'd been looking for: the twenty-fourth and last member of the cast of the new children's TV series he was planning. Only a few months later Annette Funicello set a pair of black felt ears atop her brown curls and marched onto the set of The Mickey Mouse Club, and into the hearts of millions of Americans. From then on, nothing would ever be the same. Whether as a Mouseketeer, as a Top-Forty singing idol, as the reigning sweetheart of the classic Beach Party films, or as the familiar "Skippy Mom" of TV commercials, Annette (who almost instantly became known by her first name alone) has been a beloved star for nearly four decades. In her charming autobiography, A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes, the wholesomely sexy (and eternally youthful) girl next door looks back with equal parts of wit, wistfulness, and wonder on her remarkable career, and gives us a privileged look behind the scenes at some of the most cherished landmarks of our popular culture. As the shy only daughter of a close-knit Italian family, Annette was unprepared for the phenomenon The Mickey Mouse Club would prove to be, and in these pages we learn not only about the thrill of appearing on the show but also about the pleasures and challenges her own status of favorite Mouseketeer brought. It was through Walt Disney's encouragement that she later undertook her successful recording career, and in her account of her years as a teen idol we learn what it was like being the youngest member of Dick Clark's arduous Caravan of Stars tour, as well as the difficulties her popularity placed in the path of her first romance with Paul Anka (who presented her with the sublime gift of "Put Your Head on My Shoulder," which he wrote in her parents' living room). Next came the movies, and a series of beloved Disney films (including her own and her fans'

Annette Funicello grew up before America's eyes, first a Mousketeer, then the star and reigning sweetheart of the classic beach party movies of the Fifties. In her engaging, anecdotal autobiography, Annettee looks with wit and wonder on a near-charmed life in show business, and candidly discusses her recent battle with multiple sclerosis. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Funicello reminisces about her career, from her rise to fame in the 1950s to her current battle with multiple sclerosis. Apr.
Library Journal
Anyone looking for the definition of wholesome can find it in this celebrity bio, which has no ego, no kiss-and-tell, no backstabbing, and not one truly unkind word. Funicello is either everything that she has always been touted to be or manages to completely maintain the faade; nothing here will tarnish her image. She modestly denies understanding why she was singled out and gives glowing reports of ``Mr. Disney,'' the working conditions at the studio, and her rapport with fellow cast members. She describes an idyllic family life and is even able to present her biggest trials-a divorce and her current battle with multiple sclerosis-by unfailingly looking on the bright side. For general collections that can use a heartwarming addition. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/94.]-Sherle Abramson, Williamsburg Regional Lib., Va.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786880928
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.92 (d)

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Please Barnes & Noble add A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes

    Please Barnes & Noble add A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story to the Nook Book selection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2001

    If you've loved Annette, you'll love this!

    Interesting from her family beginnings and the start of her relationship with Walt Disney. Her biography was informative if you had any questions what happened in her life. I loved it!

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