One 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?
A 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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