Annie Golden

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Annie Golden
Born (1951-10-19) October 19, 1951 (age 63)
Brooklyn, New York
Status Single
Occupation actress, singer
Years active 1979–present

Annie Golden (born October 19, 1951) is an American actress and singer.


Born in Brooklyn, New York, Golden began her career as the lead singer of The Shirts (which headlined CBGB's in the late 70s).[1] During the early 1990s she performed as part of the duo Golden Carillo with Frank Carillo. They released three albums,[2]Fire in Newtown, Toxic Emotion, and Back for More. She then returned to The Shirts. Since then she has performed solo and with a band. In 1984, her song "Hang Up the Phone" was featured on the soundtrack of the film Sixteen Candles.[3] She performs a revue of songs from her stage career along with originals called Annie Golden's Velvet Prison.

Film & TV[edit]

While with The Shirts she was discovered by Miloš Forman who gave her a part in Hair.[1] She had featured roles on Cheers and Miami Vice. Golden was the voice of Marina in the Don Bluth film The Pebble and the Penguin. She played a taxi driver in Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys (1995) where she had a scene with Bruce Willis and Madeline Stowe. In recent years, she has been seen in commercials for Coinstar, in which she portrays The Tooth Fairy. She appeared in the musical film Temptation with actors Adam Pascal, Tony Award Winners Alice Ripley and Anika Noni Rose, and film actress Zoe Saldana[4] and in 2009 had a small role in I Love You Phillip Morris, with actors Ewan McGregor and Jim Carrey, playing a simple woman requiring legal assistance.

In 2013, she began playing the role of the nearly mute Norma Romano in the original Netflix comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black for which she won a 2015 Screen Actors Guild Award (along with the rest of the ensemble cast).



On Broadway, she has appeared in the 1977 revival of Hair, Leader of the Pack, Ah, Wilderness!, On the Town, and The Full Monty . She had the title role in the workshop of the short-lived adaptation of Stephen King's novel Carrie. She also played the role of Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme in Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical Assassins during its world premiere at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in 1990-1991, and is featured on the cast recording of it, on the RCA label.[5] In 2003 she joined other original Off-Broadway cast members in a Reprise! (Los Angeles) concert production of Assassins.[6] In 2007, she was stand-by for the two comic villain roles in the musical Xanadu on Broadway.[7]

She played the whiny friend with the chronic cold in the Delacorte Theatre production of On The Town in 1997.

She also appeared in the lab production of the musical Hit The Lights! in 1993 at the Vineyard Theatre.[8]

Golden has the distinct honor of having appeared in three separate versions of Hair: a Broadway revival in 1977, the motion picture in 1979 and a special benefit performance concert in 2004. Golden starred with Peter Scolari in the world premiere of The Nutcracker and I from November 29, 2011 to December 31, 2011 at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Comically playing the Sugar Rush Fairy (and three other roles) in this musical comedy featuring the music of Tchaikovsky and lyrics by Gerard Alessandrini, she and Scolari were compared in one review to the team of Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar.[9]

Since 2005, Golden has frequently appeared in stage concerts for composer Joe Iconis. He is developing a musical written for and starring her entitled Annie Golden: Bounty Hunter,Yo![10] Golden appeared in the musical Violet starring Sutton Foster on Broadway in 2014.[11]


  1. ^ a b Kessler, Judy.Annie Golden Finds Her Music with the Shirts Knits Up the Raveled Sleeve of 'Hair'"People, September 17, 1979
  2. ^ "Annie Golden Biography", accessed September 3, 2011
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Listing Internet Movie Database, accessed September 3, 2011
  5. ^ "'Assassins", 1990-1991" Internet Off-BroadwayDatabase, accessed September 3, 2011
  6. ^ Hernandez, Ernio. "Original Off-Broadway Cast Members Reprise Assassins Roles for L.A.'s Reprise!", August 27, 2003
  7. ^ Listing InternetBroadwayDatabase, accessed September 3, 2011
  8. ^
  9. ^ Rendell, Bob. "Nutty Nutcracker A Musical Comedy Divertissement". Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ Purcell, Carey. "Alexander Gemignani, Annie Golden and More Will Join Sutton Foster, Joshua Henry, Colin Donnell in Violet ", February 13, 2014

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