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Annette Funicello's First Husband -- Jack Gilardi (1965-1983)
Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi Wedding Photo

Annette Funicello smiles while dancing with her husband, Jack Gilardi, at their wedding reception on January 9, 1965.

Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images
After marrying Jack Gilardi and having three children, Annette made her family her top priority.

Born:
Jack L. Gilardi: October 5, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois.

How Jack and Annette Met:
News reports list Jack as Annette's agent in the 1960s.

Annette: "When my husband was about to ask me to marry him, first he had to ask my dad and then Mr. Disney. That's how close we were."
Source: Robert Bowden. "Annette's 'Cinderella' story (Disney, of course.)" St. Petersburg Times. 11/15/1978. pg. 8D.

Wedding Date and Information:
Jack and Annette were married on January 9, 1965 at St. Cyril's Catholic Church in Encinco, California. Their wedding reception was held at the Beverly Hilton.

Hedda Hopper: "Remember that lovely song, "Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?" Well, I did. She was Annette Funicello. The reception following her wedding to Jack Gilardi was right out of Disneyland."
Source: Hedda Hopper. "Annette Funicello Is a Dream at Wedding." Chicago Tribune. 1/13/1965.

Divorce:
In April 1981, newspapers reported that Annette and Jack separated. According to documentation at Ancestry.com, they divorced on March 21, 1983.
Source: Ancestry.com. California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: State of California. California Divorce Index, 1966-1984. Microfiche.
Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California.

Annette: "I didn't go public for a long time because I believed people wanted to think that nothing bad ever happens to Annette. I didn't want them to panic. So for a long time I tried to hide both my divorce from Jack in 1982 and later the MS."
Source: Annette Funicello. "Hope in Her Heart." People.com. 8/17/1992.
Annette: "When I was divorced, I grew up for the first time. I had been so very much in the arms of my father and then Walt Disney and then my ex-husband. I didn't know how to write a check, much less balance a checkbook. Everything was taken care of for me, always with love, and great TLC. But it wasn't always good for me."
Source: Bob Thomas. "Back to the Beach." The News and Courier/The Evening Post. 4/25/1987. pg. 3.

Occupations:
Jack: Casting director, talent agent, motion picture executive.

Quotes About the Marriage of Annette Funicello and Jack Gilardi:
Jack Gilardi: "It hurts me deeply in the passing of Annette. She was such an important love in my life and blessed me with three beautiful children. I will remember her always and she will live in my heart forever."
Source: Alan Duke. "'Mickey Mouse Club' original Annette Funicello dies." Cnn.com. 4/08/2013.

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