Aileen Quinn

Biography: Born June 28, 1971. A younger brother was born in 1975.

Was introduced to show business by her mother Helenann who was doing theater when Aileen was little. Aileen begged to audition too, and she began to get parts near her home of Yardley, Pennsylvania, a small town north of Philadelphia on the Delaware River. (Yardley was also the home of Roxanne Dundish, Sherry Dundish, and Hally McGehean, members of the Broadway cast of Annie in the early '80s.) Aileen's first movie part was one line in "Paternity," starring Burt Reynolds. At the time Aileen was picked for the movie, she was on Broadway with Allison Smith playing the Swing Orphan in "Annie." The Swing essentially understudied various Orphan roles in the show and knew all their parts and had to go on stage at a moment's notice if one of the kids was sick and couldn't perform. Or, if the Orphan acting as Annie's understudy had to go on as Annie, Aileen went on as the understudy to the understudy. In all, Aileen went
Born June 28, 1971. A younger brother was born in 1975.

Was introduced to show business by her mother Helenann who was doing theater when Aileen was little. Aileen begged to audition too, and she began to get parts near her home of Yardley, Pennsylvania, a small town north of Philadelphia on the Delaware River. (Yardley was also the home of Roxanne Dundish, Sherry Dundish, and Hally McGehean, members of the Broadway cast of Annie in the early '80s.)

Aileen's first movie part was one line in "Paternity," starring Burt Reynolds.

At the time Aileen was picked for the movie, she was on Broadway with Allison Smith playing the Swing Orphan in "Annie." The Swing essentially understudied various Orphan roles in the show and knew all their parts and had to go on stage at a moment's notice if one of the kids was sick and couldn't perform. Or, if the Orphan acting as Annie's understudy had to go on as Annie, Aileen went on as the understudy to the understudy. In all, Aileen went on stage 67 times.

She was chosen to be Annie over 8,000 girls. The final 3 were Aileen, Robin Ignico, and Angela Lee. Announcement was made in January 1981 by director John Huston, who introduced Aileen as his Annie to the world on nationwide TV (mispronouncing her name as "Eye-leen").

"Annie" was filmed from April to September 1981. Aileen turned 10 during filming.
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Aileen Quinn's Scores

  • Movies
Average career score: 39
Highest Metascore: 39 Annie
Lowest Metascore: 39 Annie
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
1 movie review
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
39 Annie Jun 18, 1982 Annie 6.4