"Annie" is a good role model for girls

"Annie" is a good role model for girls

Claire
Claire

December 12th, 2008, 5:27 pm #1

Well, in my opinion, "Annie" is a good role model for girls. She teaches them that they don't have to be beautiful to find happiness. For example, one of the reasons Charnin got rid of Kristen Vigard was that she was too pretty, and chose McArdle instead, who he thought could "survive on the streets". I thought that McArdle was very cute as Annie, and she was kinda pretty, but was by no means "drop-dead gorgeous". Granted, there were some Annies who followed her who were prettier, but in my opinion the majority of Annies have not been beautiful until the end. It seemed as though SO many girls in the 70s looked up to McArdle, wanting to be like her. So Annie was not only good in the sense that it brought a new message of hope, but it provided a good role model for girls. Sorry if I sound like I'm rambling
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

December 12th, 2008, 6:04 pm #2

Claire:

Just to clear up your statement, Kristin Vigard was not fired because she was too pretty. As with most original musicals, certain aspects of the show were not working and the producers felt that Kristin lacked a certain toughness in the character. It had more to do with personality, acting choices and her unwillingness to take direction (by her own admission) than it did with anything physical.

Julie
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guynyc
guynyc

December 12th, 2008, 6:32 pm #3

Well, in my opinion, "Annie" is a good role model for girls. She teaches them that they don't have to be beautiful to find happiness. For example, one of the reasons Charnin got rid of Kristen Vigard was that she was too pretty, and chose McArdle instead, who he thought could "survive on the streets". I thought that McArdle was very cute as Annie, and she was kinda pretty, but was by no means "drop-dead gorgeous". Granted, there were some Annies who followed her who were prettier, but in my opinion the majority of Annies have not been beautiful until the end. It seemed as though SO many girls in the 70s looked up to McArdle, wanting to be like her. So Annie was not only good in the sense that it brought a new message of hope, but it provided a good role model for girls. Sorry if I sound like I'm rambling
if you look at this pic of Kristin that was taken during the original show's run, Kristin REALLY looks like an "Annie", you know? at least to me she does. She was a very pretty girl and she's aged very nicely IMHO.

(this is from Shelly Bruce's myspace)
http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.c ... &i=1870437

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old fan
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December 13th, 2008, 12:13 am #4

Well, in my opinion, "Annie" is a good role model for girls. She teaches them that they don't have to be beautiful to find happiness. For example, one of the reasons Charnin got rid of Kristen Vigard was that she was too pretty, and chose McArdle instead, who he thought could "survive on the streets". I thought that McArdle was very cute as Annie, and she was kinda pretty, but was by no means "drop-dead gorgeous". Granted, there were some Annies who followed her who were prettier, but in my opinion the majority of Annies have not been beautiful until the end. It seemed as though SO many girls in the 70s looked up to McArdle, wanting to be like her. So Annie was not only good in the sense that it brought a new message of hope, but it provided a good role model for girls. Sorry if I sound like I'm rambling
I honestly can't think of many Annies, either whom I have seen on stage, or in a video or photo, who could be considered "beautiful" in appearance,( but certainly in spirit.) That is not to say many Annies haven't grown up to be very attractive women. The red bowl style bob etc. accentuated a plain appearance, or toned down a girl's attractive features. I would use other adjectives to describe "an Annie" such as feisty, mischievous, spunky etc, but not beautiful. I think Kristen was a pretty girl, and very talented, but just didn't have the other qualities needed for the role, as Julie said. I think people in describing why she was let go, used the "too pretty" excuse to be tactful (such as Andrea herself) I do have a lot of respect for Kristen to continue as a stand-by.
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