Aileen Quinn was at a commercial audition in Los Angeles recently when the casting director approached her and said, “Okay, so Annie, you’re in the room next.” Quinn playfully called him out on it with a chiding “You did not just say that.” The man didn’t immediately realize his error, but then made a face, like, “Oops, I slipped.” It’s an honest mistake that Quinn has become accustomed to, since for a generation of moviegoers, Quinn is Annie, the adorable red-headed orphan from the 1982 movie that co-starred Albert Finney and Carol Burnett. With the film receiving a 30th anniversary Blu-ray today and a Broadway revival in the works this month, another generation of fans is due to fall in love with the show’s feisty heroine and classic music.
Quinn was only nine years old when she landed the coveted role, beating approximately 8,000 other young girls to star in director John Huston’s screen adaptation. She had been the “swing orphan” in the Broadway hit, responsible for knowing all the orphans’ roles and substituting when necessary, but when Huston introduced her on the Today show in 1981, she became the star. The film went on to become the year’s 10th biggest hit, and Quinn was contracted to make several sequels — which never came to fruition. READ FULL STORY