Annie was my favorite movie for a good chunk of my childhood. Besides giving me many new favorite songs to belt, it also led me to romanticize being an orphan. Here I was, a happy 7-year-old from a loving and stable home, claiming that I wished to live in a Great Depression era orphanage. Where things like typhoid and neglect and coal dust and bedbugs abounded. I would make my friends play orphanage with me, and we’d set up rows of pallets in my room and wrap ourselves in blankets and sing about the parents we wished we had. Then my mom would call us down for dinner.
Oh Annie. You get me every time with your plucky red-headed optimism and cuteness!
For those of you who don't know, the actress' name is Aileen Quinn, who became famous for playing little orphan Annie in the 1982 film "Annie."
So where is she now?
She hasn't done much in recent years, dabbled in broadway acting and such, but to me she'll always just be Annie.