Based on the 1977 Broadway musical and the iconic Little Orphan Annie comic strip, the movie garnered acclaim for its memorable songs and performances. Here’s a look at the star studded cast of Annie, today!
Aileen Quinn as Annie
We bet you won’t recognize her now. Aileen Quinn’s early exposure to dance classes at the age of four set the stage for a remarkable journey where she soon found herself playing the lead role in Annie.
Beyond Annie, she explored regional theatre, embraced indie films, and later delved into education. Today, Quinn graces the stage with her band, Aileen Quinn and the Leapin’ Lizards—a top quality throwback to her titular character’s catchphrase.
Carol Burnett as Miss Hannigan
Carol Burnett’s move from Texas to New York City marked the beginning of a stellar career, including a Tony-nominated role in Once Upon a Mattress. In Annie, Burnett delivered a memorable performance as the vivacious Miss Hannigan.
Post-Annie, her legacy thrives, with awards like the Mark Twain Prize and the establishment of the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes.
Albert Finney as Daddy Warbucks
Albert Finney’s journey from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to stardom included iconic roles like Tom Jones. As Daddy Warbucks in Annie, Finney’s portrayal left an indelible mark.
His prolific career spanned three decades, featuring notable films like Big Fish, Erin Brockovich and Skyfall. Finney’s legacy endures, despite his passing in 2019. RIP.
Ann Reinking as Grace Farrell
Ann Reinking showcased her versatility as Grace Farrell, Warbucks’ love interest and the adoptive mother of Annie. Ann Reinking’s ballet beginnings evolved into a Broadway career, with roles in Pippin and A Chorus Line.
Retiring from movies in 1984, Reinking continued to influence as a choreographer until her passing in 2020. Her impact extended to the FX miniseries Fosse/Verdon, inspiring a new generation of performers.
Geoffrey Holder as Punjab
Trinidad-born Geoffrey Holder’s artistic journey encompassed dance, Broadway, and visual arts. From House of Flowers to Annie’s Punjab, Holder’s diverse talents shone.
A Tony Award winner for The Wiz, he balanced performing with visual arts, earning a Guggenheim Fellowship. He passed away in 2014, at the age of 84.
Bernadette Peters as Lily
New York native Bernadette Peters featured in Annie as Lily, showcasing her comedic brilliance. By the way, does she resemble Helena Bonham-Carter or is it just us?
Peters’ theatrical odyssey continued, starring in Hello, Dolly! and gracing TV screens in shows like Mozart in the Jungle. Beyond acting, she co-founded Broadway Barks, advocating for shelter animal adoption.
Tim Curry as Rooster
A living legend. Tim Curry’s debut in Hair led to iconic roles like Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
In Annie, he portrayed Rooster, Miss Hannigan’s conniving brother. Curry shifted his focus to voice work in 2012, but his legendary impact on stage and screen endures.
Humankind’s interest in extraterrestrial aliens is long-muddled in facts and long-celebrated in fiction. But the scientific search for alien existence has never really stopped. Now, wooing the hardcore enthusiasts and theorists, the search for alien civilization in our galaxy is about to be expanded hugely. A new collaboration between the Breakthrough Listen initiative and the MeerKAT observatory in South Africa is to target more than 1 million stars near our planet. The project will search for technosignatures, the potential evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
The Project’s Telescope
The MeerKAT observatory in South Africa offers incredible gear, including the largest radio telescope in the whole Southern Hemisphere. As the main tool for the project, this telescope is being constructed with a total of 64 MeerKAT antennas, thanks to the new collaboration between the engineers from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) and the Breakthrough Listen team. Increasing the number of targets by a factor of 1000 for alien searching, the telescope will provide data almost 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for two years.
The Broader Possibility
This new search for alien existence will complement similar works in progress, most notably with the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in the USA and the Parkes Telescope in Australia. Both require the motion of their antennas to point at their targets, something that won’t be necessary for the MeerKAT one. As Dr. Andrew Siemion, the Principal Investigator of Breakthrough Listen explained, the new supercomputer of the project enables the scientists to combine signals from all 64 dishes to get high-resolution and excellently sensitive scans of the targeted stars. The highly increased number of techno signature targets and a shorter period of just two years has broadened the field of search for alien life to a great extent, bringing possible interesting results in the near future.