L. Ashfield of Philadelphia asks, 'Whatever happened to...?'

It hasn't been such a hard-knock life for Aileen Quinn.

The actress, who starred as a young orphan in the 1982 hit film "Annie" is probably best remembered for her enthusiastic rendition of "Tomorrow." (Her personal favorite, though, is "Maybe.")

As she grew up, Quinn says she edged out of the spotlight, taking a few roles in off-Broadway shows and performing locally while attending Drew University in New Jersey. Her aim was to get "a well-rounded experience" in college, so she focused more on Spanish and political science than on theater.

After graduating and "almost going the [United Nations] route," she decided to return to acting. She toured from 1997 to 1998 with "Peter Pan," playing one of the Lost Boys and, later, Jane.

Quinn recently moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and TV. She hopes to begin auditioning this month.

"I love what I do," she said in a recent phone interview. But other career paths still beckon. She enjoys teaching Spanish to five adults and English to "an adorable" German boy in her spare time.

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