Aileen Quinn

Aileen Quinn (born June 28, 1971) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her role as Annie Bennett Warbucks in Annie.

Aileen Quinn
Quinn in Woodridge, Illinois in December 2019
Quinn in Woodridge, Illinois in December 2019
Background information
Birth nameAileen Marie Quinn
Born (1971-06-28) June 28, 1971 (age 49)
Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States
Occupation(s)Actress, singer, dancer
InstrumentsVocals, tambourine
Years active1981–present


Quinn was born in Yardley, Pennsylvania, on June 28, 1971. She graduated from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. When she was young, Quinn was introduced to show business by her mother, who was a TV, radio, and stage singer/actress. Quinn begged to audition for a part in a local community theater production of Annie Get Your Gun and won a part. She then did a few additional shows in community theater, which then led to getting an agent, a small role in the film Paternity, and commercial work in NYC. She began to appear in a string of television commercials including "Northern Bathroom Tissue". While in NYC, she auditioned, and landed the role of the "swinging orphan" (understudy to all of the orphans except Molly and Annie) in the Broadway production of Annie. After almost a year of a grueling audition process, and up against over 8,000 other competitors, Quinn received the title role in the 1982 movie Annie directed by John Huston.[1] Annie earned Quinn two Golden Globe nominations, a win for "Best Actress" from the Youth in Film Awards, and a Razzie for "Worst New Star". Aileen was 9 years old when she was cast as Annie.[2] Aileen is the oldest child of Helenann Quinn and Andrew Quinn Sr. She is the older sister of Andrew Quinn Jr.[3] Aileen Quinn began dance lessons when she was 4 at Knecht Ballet Academy. She studied ballet and tap.[4]

Aileen Quinn was under contract for several years with Columbia Pictures to make other Annie sequels which never materialized.[5] During her contract with Columbia Pictures Quinn continued to perform lead roles in regional theater in such shows as The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy), Bye, Bye Birdie (Kim), Annie (Annie), Shenandoah (Jenny), and A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (Harpo). She also lent her voice to two animated cartoon specials which aired on National TV, The Charmkins and The Wizard of Oz. In addition to her Annie film album, which went double platinum, Quinn released her debut album titled Bobby's Girl in 1982. Soon after, Quinn starred as Princess Zora in the classic fairy tale, The Frog Prince, which was released on videocassette and aired on the Disney Channel several times.

At the age of 18, Quinn decided to take some time off from acting and focus on school. She graduated from Drew University in 1994.[6] She was a language major with a minor in political science, and is a member of Sigma Delta Pi, a Spanish honor society, as she is fluent in Spanish. She spent six months with a family in Chile as part of an exchange program, and considers it one of her life's most rewarding experiences.

After graduation from college, Quinn once again took to the stage. In 1994, she appeared as "Bette" in Oliver at Paper Mill Playhouse. She then toured the United States for over five years with three Broadway national tours: Fiddler on the Roof (Chava), Peter Pan (Tootles/Jane) and Saturday Night Fever (Annette). Her quest to study Shakespeare led her to London, where she appeared in As You Like It and Twelfth Night at LAMDA. Off-Broadway productions include Dreamstuff (Princess), Creature (Elizabeth) and Yiddle With a Fiddle (Yiddle). Regional theater credits up to the present include The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Molly), That Was Then (World Premiere Play-April Gregory), and Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother (her Daughter).

Quinn appeared in a few small roles in independent films between 2006 and 2010, most notably portraying Lily in Annie at Theatre Aspen.

Quinn also hosted Generation Gap, an interactive sitcom used to teach kids how to resolve conflicts. It was written and directed by filmmaker Edna Harris and aired on PBS in 2004. Quinn played a minor role in the 2009 film Multiple Sarcasms, starring Timothy Hutton and Mira Sorvino. Quinn is an adjunct theater professor at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.[7] (Monmouth College, now University, in West Long Branch, NJ was the site of the film version of Annie, in which Quinn performed as the title character.)[8] She was awarded an honorary degree from Monmouth University in 2009.[9]

Quinn was also a Spanish, drama, and dance teacher at Hudson Catholic Regional High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Quinn now has her own band called Aileen Quinn and The Leapin' Lizards.[10] Quinn met her bandmates through her neighbor after she was heard singing in her apartment one day.[11] In 2015 they released their first album, Spin Me.[12] They released their second album, "Lightning and Thunder" in November 2019.[13]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Paternity Little Girl at Park Uncredited
1982 Annie Annie Bennett Warbucks Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actress
Young Artist Award for Best Young Motion Picture Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst New Star
1982 The Wizard of Oz Dorothy Gale Voice role
1982 Lights, Camera, Annie! Herself
1983 The Charmkins Brown-Eyed Susan TV special
1986 The Frog Prince Princess Zora
1986 The Great Space Coaster Herself
2007 30 Maggie
2010 Multiple Sarcasms School secretary
2014 The Comeback Kids Dr. Quinn 2 episodes
2020 Will & Grace Ramona Delaney Episode: "Performance Anxiety"



  • Bobby's Girl released November 17, 1982, Columbia Records
  • Spin Me released 2015, Independent Label
  • Lightning and Thunder released 2019, Independent Label


  • Annie Original 1982 Motion Picture Soundtrack released May 1982, Columbia Records


  • Tomorrow released 1982, Columbia Records
  • At Christmas Time released December 20, 2016, Independent Label
  • Auld Lang Syne released December 20, 2016, Independent Label


  1. ^ ‘Annie’ 30th anniversary Blu-ray: Star Aileen Quinn recalls little-known facts
  2. ^ Pennsylvania girl will play America's favorite orphan
  3. ^ Freckles and Charm
  4. ^ The Film Annie Speaks Her Mind
  5. ^ 32 years later, Annie still singing ‘Annie’ songs
  6. ^ 'Annie' Blu-ray: Catching up with Aileen Quinn
  7. ^ "Aileen Quinn biography, photos, news, movies". Movie Times. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "When 'Daddy' Warbucks moved into Monmouth U". Asbury Park Press. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  9. ^ BranchNJ07764732.571.3400, Monmouth University 400 Cedar AvenueWest Long. "News – Monmouth University". News. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  10. ^ ‘Annie’ star Aileen Quinn on new band The Leapin’ Lizards
  11. ^ Aileen Quinn and The Leapin’ Lizards bring rockabilly to Carson
  12. ^ Red Aunts Say Goodbye to Bassist Debi Martini
  13. ^ Aileen Quinn & The Leapin’ Lizards and a serious giant Jenga match – a photo essay

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