What Ever Happened to.. the cast of Annie?

Like me, you may not be a fan of that plucky/obnoxious little singing orphan Annie – but the news that Will Smith is making a new version with Quvenzhané Wallis (replacing his daughter Willow) in the lead would make anyone nostalgic for the original.

What ever happened to Aileen Quinn and all the other orphans?  Which stars later went on to appear in Skyfall? Who played a Bond baddie in Live and Let Die? And which star later gave a generation eternal nightmares as a psychotic clown?

Find out what happened the cast of Annie after the jump!

Aileen Quinn – Annie

Before the film Aileen was a spare orphan on a Broadway production of Annie, meaning she had to learn all the parts in cast someone dropped out, but otherwise sat around backstage looking sad most of the time.  Well she showed them by beating 5000 other girls to land the film role.   The movie earned her two Golden Globe nominations.

For years Aileen was held in a contract for Annie sequels which never happened, this stopped her from taking up other film roles in her teenage years and she later quit the stage to go to study Spanish and political science at university.

She returned to the theatre after graduating but is now mainly focused on teaching.  She’s a Spanish, drama and dance teacher at Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City and a theatre professor at Monmouth University.  Aileen also brought out on album in 2012 called ‘Who’s the Quinn?’.

Albert Finney – Daddy Warbucks

Albert was an English stage actor who got his break-through as an angry factor worker in the 1960 film ‘Saturday Night and Sunday Morning’, he followed that up with more gritty ‘kitchen sink’ dramas.

Albert was  the first choice to play the lead in ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ but didn’t want to sign up to a long film contract and was replaced by Peter O’Toole.

In 1963 he lead the Oscar winning ‘Tom Jones’, based on a egotistical bed-hopping man-whore (but not the Welsh singer).

In the following decades he concentrated on stage-work but did play the lead role in the 1970 film ‘Scrooge’ and says a film adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Poirot (‘Murder on the Orient Express’) typecast him in the role.

He had a big-screen comeback playing Ed Masry opposite Julia Roberts in ‘Erin Brockovich’.

He followed with parts in ‘Traffic’, ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’ and ‘The Bourne Legacy’, ‘Corpse Bride’, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ – and he played Kincade, James Bond’s gameskeeper in ‘Skyfall’ (below)

Albert has been a life-long Man United fan.

He has a son called Simon, who is now a cameraman, with his first wife, Jane Wenham.  From 1970 to 1978 he was married to French actress Anouk Aimée and has been married to Pene Delmage since 2006.

Albert allegedly turned down a CBE and a Knighthood for his services to drama and said “I think we should all be misters together. I think the Sir thing slightly perpetuates one of our diseases in England, which is snobbery.”

He doesn’t have an agent or manager and just picks roles himself.

Carol Burnett – Miss Hannigan

Who can’t sympathise with Miss Hannigan?  Those girls are really annoying.  Here’s her most famous number from the film –

Carol was already well-known to American audiences as she lead her award-winning TV comedy sketch show ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ (good name) from 1967 to 1979.

She returned to TV in the mid 90’s with a part in ‘Mad About You’, playing Helen Hunt’s character’s mum.

More recently she voiced a character in ‘Horton Hears a Who!’, starred in an episode of  ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’ and played Sue Sylvester’s mum in ‘Glee’. 

Carol has been married three times and had three children from her second marriage.  Her daughter Carrie died in 2002.

She is best friend with Julie Andrews and is a godmother to Julie’s daughter Emma.

Ann Reinking – Grace Farrell

Ann was a professional stage dancer who had previously starred in the Bob Fosse biopic ‘All That Jazz’, she has dated the famous choreographer in the 1970’s. Her last film role was the 1984 comedy ‘Micki + Maude’.

She returned to the stage in 1996 to play Roxie Hart in ‘Chicago’,  She still works as a choeographer – and no doubt you’ve done one of her moves –

Oddly enough, Ann is credited with inventing the ‘raise the roof’ move – check it out at 1 min 50 seconds

Ann now lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with her fourth husband Peter Talbert and her son,

Tim Curry – Rooster Hannigan

Tim’s breakthrough role was Frank N Furter in 1975’s ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’.

He also played the butler in ‘Clue’, the concierge in ‘Home Alone 2’, the cardinal in the 1993 version of ‘The Three Musketeers’, and the iconic terrifying clown Pennywise in the TV adaptation of ‘It’, 

He was apparently Tim Burton’s second choice for The Joker in ‘Batman’, the part went to Jack Nicholson.

Tim has also appeared in stage musicals consistently since the 1970’s, has released several albums, and now lives with his dog in LA.

Bernadette Peters – Lily St Regis

Bernadette might not be a familiar face but she is a hugely successful Broadway star. She has won two Tony Awards and was the youngest person ever inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame.

She’s also popped on TV shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’, ‘Smash’ and ‘Ugly Betty’ (below)

She dated Steve Martin in the late 70’s, her husband Michael Wittenberg died in a helicopter crash in 2005.

Bernadette has released six albums and two children’s books.

 Geoffrey Holder – Punjab

Geoffrey, from Trinidad, is 6’6” tall and is an award-winning stage director, choreographer and costume designer.

During the 1950’s Geoffrey was a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and he met his wife, Carmen De Lavallade, through dance.  He landed film roles in ‘Doctor Dolittle’ and played the baddie Baron Samedi in the James Bond film ‘Live and Let Die’ (below).

He was also the voice of Ray in ‘Bear in the Big Blue House’ and narrated Tim Burton’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’.

Geoffrey is also a painter, art collector, photographer, author and composer.

Roger Mianami – Asp

Roger was a stage performer who became a producer and director.  In In 1996, he gave up show business and is now a painter in Mexico.

Toni Ann Gisondi – Molly

Toni Ann was only six when she appeared as the youngest orphan, Molly. She works a substitute teacher in New Jersy, still does local theatre in New Jersey and is also a wedding singer.

She has two daughters with her husband, the youngest is called Molly.

Rosanne Sorrentino – Pepper

Rosanne played Annie on stage but was too old for the role by the time the film came around.  She is now known as Rosanne Sorrentino Kavanagh, is a teacher in Long Island and is married with two daughters.

April Lerman – Kate

April went on to play Kate in the first series of the sitcom ‘Charles in Charles’.  She also appeared in ‘Growing Pains’ and ‘Parker Lewis Can’t Lose’.

She qualified as a lawyer but worked as a school councilor and later a family therapist   She’s now known as April Haney and lives with her husband Bill and their  son Sean.

Robin Ignico – Duffy

She was one of three girls who in the final auditions for the main role – she got the part of Duffy instead.  Robin now works finance for a large corporation.

Lara Berk – Tessie

Lara is now known as Lara Glazier, is married with two kids and works as a legal recruiter.

The cast of Annie – we salute you!


18 thoughts on “What Ever Happened to.. the cast of Annie?

  1. Awwww..memories flooding back of me and my pals singing and dancing on the roof of the boiler house!!! Thanks Rory!! Remember you are never fully dressed without a …smile!!! ..sinead 🙂 PS I bet ya really loved the movie!

    • Hey, hobo man! Hey dapper dan! You both got your style! But brother, your never fully dressed without a smile! I love this movie! I wish I could have been in it! Of course, I wasn’t alive when they shot this, since I was born like 20 years after. I can still wish! : ]

      • Who cares what their wearing on Main Street or Saville Row its what you wear from ear to ear and not from head to toe that matters!! I always sing this song and tap dance on the street! OLD ANNIE FOREVER!!!

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  9. I love the movie annie it is my most favourite film of all time my daughter Elizabeth has done two stage plays of annie she loves the movie to

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