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The sun will come out
tomorrow today for these former Annie stars!
Ahead of NBC’s live musical event Annie Live!, airing Dec. 2, we’ve rounded up the actresses who have taken on the role of the iconic redhead over the years. The future looks bright for newcomer Celina Smith—who locked in the role after a nationwide search—as former Annies have gone on to win Tonys, Emmys and even make TV history.
“I was bouncing off the walls, I kid you not,” Smith, 12, remembered during E! News’ Daily Pop on Oct. 6 about first hearing she had landed the titular role. “Like, you could’ve sworn there was a kangaroo in the house or something. It was amazing and it was probably one of the best moments of my entire life.”
Smith stars opposite an all-star ensemble cast including Taraji P. Henson as orphanage villain Miss Hannigan, Harry Connick Jr. as billionaire Sir Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks, Nicole Scherzinger as Warbucks’ secretary Grace and Tituss Burgess as Rooster.
So, in case we needed more proof that Smith is heading for greatness, let’s meet some of the past Annie’s who have walked in the same ragtag shoes.
See the stars who have also taken on the iconic role over the years!
Annie Live! will air Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. on NBC.
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