Annette Funicello

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    • At the start of her career as a Mouseketeer on Walt Disney's The Mickey Mouse Club, Annette announced that she wanted to change her last name to Turner, because so many people were mispronouncing Funicello (Disney insisted that she pronounce Funicello in the Italian way: "Funi-chello." Annette's family went by "Funi-sello," thinking it sounded more American.) Walt Disney convinced her otherwise saying, "You have a beautiful Italian name, and once people learn to pronounce it, they will never forget it. I promise you."