Annie movieOne of my favorite movies from childhood is Annie. Lucky for me, my kiddos have fallen in love with it, too. We listen to the sound track EVERY DAY, sometimes many times a day.

I admit I love singing “It’s the Hard Knock Life” with my 5 and 2 year olds. Although it can be tough to explain what a Mickey Finn is in preschool terms (I say it’s a yucky drink)… or why the orphans never see Santa Claus (real orphans get presents, that’s just pretend in the movie).

Sure, the movie looks a little different from my adult eyes. Miss Hannigan is a drunk whore and the orphanage is an awful place. But it’s all a part of the rags to riches story. I guess.

So the other day, on viewing 5,348 of Annie in the last, oh… week, I started thinking about the main character. How old is she now? I wonder what she’s doing? Does she still have freckles and sport her famous red-headed ‘fro?

Aileen Quinn nowA quick internet search helped me find more about where Little Orphan Annie is today – there were other Annies, in the Broadway musical and other film versions. The one I identify most with is Aileen Quinn from the movie above. That was Aileen then — and this is Aileen now. Simply gorgeous… wouldn’t you say? And I do think those are freckles I see on her chest. 🙂

What’s she been up to? Acting on Broadway, of course. And teaching acting. So glad to hear that she’s not working at some Ikea in Jersey. Sounds like she’s made a wonderful life for herself — although I wish she had a social media presence so I could stalk her a bit on facebook and twitter. Believe me, I tried… but it appears there are no official accounts out there, simply fan pages.
If you are curious about her, like me, you may want to read this interview of Aileen in Celebrity Parents Magazine (2009). And watch this fun video clip from Where Are They Now (complete with her memories of filming the movie). She does still sound like Little Orphan Annie if you ask me. In a good way.

What actors from childhood do you think about? Have you looked up anyone lately?

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13 Responses to “Aileen Quinn Now – Little Orphan Annie all grown up”

  1. citymouse says:

    This is so timely! I haven't watched the movie since I originally saw it in the theater, all those many years ago… until last week. My hubby took the kids to the movies and I found myself in front of the television with the remote (an odd sensation). I was flipping through and landed on Annie. It was great! It was very different watching now than when I first saw it. I think I like it better!

  2. Susan says:

    Thanks for posting this subject. I loved Annie as a child and still do as an adult. I believe I can still hear little orphan Annie when she speaks too! So neat to see her now.

  3. Brenda says:

    I still have the hard cover "Annie" book featuring glossy pictures of Aileen and cast. Its in my basement somewhere..

  4. Melissa says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! How fun to see Aileen as an adult! Like every other woman our age, I adored Annie! "Maybe" was my favorite song to belt out at the top of my little lungs (well, that and any Barry Manilow song). I can't wait to share it with my daughter when she gets older!

  5. Christina says:

    So fun to see what she's up to now.

    When my husband was a boy, he looked EXACTLY like the kid from A Christmas Story (Peter Billingsley).

    A friend of ours made him a t-shirt with photos of my husband as a boy and pics from the movie. Then she found a current day photo of Peter Billingsley and put it on the sleeve… They STILL look alike!

    Thanks for the smile today!

  6. darcie says:

    LOVED Annie as a kid and love it now – and so do my kids! I get SUCH a kick out of hearing my 5 year old break out into song "It's a hard knock life!" yes kid, it is! HA HA!
    Why don't I own the sound track!
    Guess what I'll be looking up on itunes tonight!

  7. Jenny says:

    I will always remember seeing her being interviewed around the time the movie came out and they showed all the hair and makeup she had to deal with everyday during shooting. LOVE that movie and love her. To anyone who doesn't like that show I say "Mr. Warbucks will eat your livers!"

  8. Anna's Mommy says:

    We love the newer version Annie at our house, with Kathy Bates, Victor Garber, Kristen Chenowith. Try that one, too, if you haven't already. IMO more age appropriate than the original.

    This was Anna's first favorite movie, so sweet to have her singing the songs in the bath, in the car, before she fell asleep. Who doesn't love Annie?

  9. Anna's Mommy says:

    Here's the Amazon link to the newer version of Annie:


  10. Robert Dempsey says:

    This is a great find. My daughter has seen that same version of Annie (also my favorite) thousands of times too and we listen to the soundtrack every night. I'm glad to see that Aileen turned out quite fine.

  11. Christine says:

    I'm slightly older and absolutely love this movie, but when I was growing up (on Long Island) the Broadway Show, "Annie" was huge! I had the album and played it till the grooves were gone, singing at the top of my lungs. Andrea McArdle was my Annie, but I love all the Annies!

  12. billguy says:

    I'm not a parent, but was searching for what Aileen was doing today. I can't seem to find her email. I took her out(with our friends) to a Mexican restaurant in Tucson when we were in college. I had a random college kid sing "tomorrow" to her while he brought out her food. Everyone loved it(but Aileen said she can't stand hearing that song because she's heard it all her life). It was amazing coincidence that the kid I asked actually went to the same junior high school with her in New York! She said she remembered his face. She invited me to her dance competition the next day. I thought Aileen seemed just like you'd think she is…a great girl with a smile that sticks with you; fun, adventuresome and inspiring. She looks really beautiful in the pics now, but she looked a lot like Annie when I met her. I didn't really get to know her but I dare say I miss her.

    This looks like a good site, so I posted my story here instead of youtube. I'll be back when I have kids…er, Aileen?..want a date?



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