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A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: My Story
A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes My Story Author:Annette Funicello Product Description — The former Mouseketeer and star of beach party movies chronicles her career, offering recollections of Walt Disney, Frankie Avalon, and many others, and honestly discussing her recent struggle with multiple sclerosis. Simultaneous. — From Library Journal — Anyone looking for the definition of wholesome can find it in this cele... more »brity 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 facade; 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.
From Kirkus Reviews
The girl next door tells all. And guess what? She doesn't have a shred of dirt on anyone, including Walt Disney, Dick Clark, Fabian, Paul Anka, or even Cubbie. What else would one expect from Annette Funicello but an overly nostalgic portrait of the decade that gave rise to Disneyland, TV shows like The Mickey Mouse Club, rock 'n' roll, and teen idols? The happy story of Annette's youth in Los Angeles, Disney's discovery of her, her emergence as the biggest Mouseketeer of all, her subsequent television, movie, and recording careers, her two marriages (the second blissful, the first not that bad), her lovely children, and her heroic fight against multiple sclerosis are enough to keep anyone away from the sugar bowl for life. At the same time, Funicello's honesty and sincerity keep the whole thing from seeming untrue, no matter how much some sections beg for her to show Walt Disney in a single crabby moment, Dick Clark flying off the handle at the Drifters, or Fabian being all hands on a date with her. And she leaves to the imagination what proposed movie storylines like ``Annette the Doper, Annette the Hooker, Annette the Drunk'' might have been like. Other than her struggle with MS, though, the worst moment is Paul Anka saying something unkind to her on the telephone. But Annette (with Romanowski, who co-authored Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme) manages to avoid being precious. In fact, her account of being among the first visitors to Disneyland and a barrage of information about performing with people like Frankie Avalon make for some quite illuminating sections. And she even admits to smoking and a little drinking. By the end, Funicello is able to look back without taking any of it, especially albums like Italianette and Hawaiianette, too seriously.« less