Toni Ann Gisondi

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Toni Ann Gisondi
Born (1975-01-01) January 1, 1975 (age 44)
OccupationActress
Years active1982

Toni Ann Gisondi is a former child actress, best known for playing Mollythe youngest orphanin the 1982 film version of the musical Annie . [1] [2] [3]

<i>Annie</i> (1982 film) 1982 American musical film directed by John Huston

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Acting career

Toni Ann was six when she was picked for the role of Molly in the 1982 film version of the musical Annie, which starred Aileen Quinn in the title role. She was nominated for "Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture" in the 1981-1982 Young Artist Awards, [4] and merits a mention in the 2002 edition of the St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture, for her "sweet" performance. [5]

Aileen Marie Quinn is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is best known for her role as Annie Bennett Warbucks in Annie.

She also performed on the best-selling soundtrack album to the movie of Annie and went on to act in a made-for-TV movie, The Children's Story, also in 1982, in which she played a student. [2]

<i>The Childrens Story</i> 1964 short story by James Clavell

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Personal life

Toni Ann Gisondi is married to Theodore Pugliese and the couple have two daughters, Molly Marie and Melody Rose. Molly, who was born on November 1, 2000, shares her name with the orphan Toni Ann played in Annie. [6] `` In 2017 Toni Ann Gisondi joined the music group Crimson consisting of Greg Cassidy and Sean Cordery. A remake of George Michael Freedom was one of her featured songs which has received very positive feedback all over the United States. She is currently working on new music and new movies.

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References

  1. Parish, James Robert; Pitts, Michael R. (1992). The Great Hollywood Musical Pictures. Scarecrow Press. p. 14. ISBN   0-8108-2529-5. Toni Ann Gisondi (Molly)
  2. 1 2 "Toni Ann Gisondi". Platinum Celebs. Retrieved 2008-03-26.
  3. "'Life After Tomorrow' Signing to Feature Special Appearances" . Retrieved 2008-03-26. ... original Broadway cast member Robyn Finn, and Rosanne Sorrentino and Toni Ann Gisondi from the Annie film.
  4. "4th Annual Awards". Young Artist Awards . Young Artist Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-03-10. Retrieved 2008-03-26. Toni Ann Gisondi, Annie
  5. Heer, Jeet (2002). "Annie". St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture. Gale Group. Retrieved 2008-03-26. Aileen Quinn made a winning Annie, although she was nearly over-staged by the youngest orphan Molly, sweetly played by Toni Ann Gisondi.
  6. "Orphan Info". Annieorphans.com. Archived from the original on 2008-02-26. Retrieved 2008-03-26. Toni Ann Gisondi (Movie) is married and has two daughters, Molly Marie and Melody Rose.