Miss Hannigan: What are you just standing around here for? You’re supposed to clean the bathroom and the kitchen before lunch, my little pig droppings, and if you skip the corners, there will be no lunch. And we’re not having hot mush today…
You may or may not remember his name. But, if you watched television in the ’70s and ’80s, you definitely knew his voice. Geoffrey Holder, best known to us as longtime spokesman for 7 Up, passed away on Sunday, October 5 from complications from pneumonia.
Holder was talented. Not only was he a great spokesman, but he could act, direct, and design costumes. He played the henchman Baron Samedi in the 1973 James Bond movie, Live and Let Die (Roger Moore’s first Bond film). In 1975 Holder won two Tony Awards for direction and costume design of The Wiz.
Kids who grew up in the ’80s may also remember Geoffrey Holder from his role of Punjab in the 1982 movie version of Annie.
But, most of us remember his accent and bass voice that he brought to the 7 Up commercials.
Let’s Return to the ’80s and watch some of his commercials.
Question: What “original party animal” was actually a female bull terrier named Honey Tree Evil Eye?
Last Question: What 1982 movie musical gave child star Aileen Quinn her 15 minutes of fame?
Here is a nice “Where Are They Now?” article from Mail Online, ouit of the U.K.:
She was the cheeky-faced, curly haired red head who won the hearts of millions of moviegoers across the world as the all-singing all-dancing little orphan Annie.
But almost 30 years on from the box office smash that shot her to fame at the tender age of 11, actress Aileen Quinn has retraced the dimple-faced orphan’s steps as she spoke about her iconic role.
Quinn, now 40, pulled herself out of the ‘where are they now?’ file to speak to ABC Primetime Nightline in a show for the network’s new series, ‘Famous and Underage’.
Quinn spoke to the show about her life since being catapulted to fame in 1982.
Now living in Los Angeles, she is trying to pick up her acting career again, she said she still yearns to land a role as big as Annie, but will be happy just to get back in the spotlight again.
She said: ‘I realise that the film was iconic and who knows if I’ll ever do another iconic film but I just want to keep working as an actress – it doesn’t matter if it’s iconic!
‘Just to be working gain as an actress and possibly doing TV would just be great. It’s not about how big the role is.
And she was also filmed returning to New Jersey’s Monmouth University which doubled as the mansion of Daddy Warbucks – played by Albert Finney – who ends up adopting Annie.
The musical, which was choreographed by So You Think You Can Dance? judge Arlene Phillips, was based on the comic books from the 1930s and told the story of Annie who lived in an orphanage run by the mean and alcoholic Miss Hannigan, played by Carol Burnett.
After escaping the orphanage, she spends the week with billionaire businessman Warbucks who then makes a public appeal to find her real parents.
Step forward Miss Hannigan’s jailbird brother Rooster, played by Tim Curry, who, along with blonde bombshell girlfriend Lily St Regis, falsely claims to be her parents so they can claim the $50,000 reward.
But all’s well that ends well when their plan is foiled and Annie is adopted by Warbucks.
Speaking to the Mail Online, Arlene Phillips said Aileen was a very talented girl.
She added: ‘Hard to believe she was a kid – formidable tap dancer and a brain that worked twice as fast as anyone else and a showbiz mum. Says it all.’
Annie won Oscars for Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score because of its iconic songs including Tomorrow, Hard Knock Life and You’re Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile.
In January last year it was annouced that Will Smith was planning a remake starring his daughter Willow in the lead role and was in talk with Jay-Z to provide the music.
I just puked in my mouth reading that last sentence. Leave the 80s alone, Will!! Or if your going to go trampling over more 80s stuff, why don’t you have you kids remake “Parents Just Don’t Understand”, or star in a remake of “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”!
Now that I’m done with that tangent, here is Aileen Quinn as Annie singing “Tomorrow” in the movie: