Rosanne Sorrentino

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Rosanne Sorrentino
Born Rosanne Sorrentino
(1968-01-15) January 15, 1968 (age 50)
Long Island, New York
Years active 1976 - present
Height 5 ft 0 in (152 cm)

Rosanne Sorrentino is a former child actress, best known for playing the role of the bossy orphan Pepper in the 1982 film of the musical Annie.

Early life[edit]

Rosanne Sorrentino was born on January 15, 1968, in Oceanside, Long Island, New York. She made her professional stage debut in the 3rd National Tour of Annie in 1980-81, playing the title role of Annie.[1][2]

Sorrentino was "bitten by the acting bug" in 1976, when she played a schoolgirl in the American Academy of Dramatic Arts's summer workshop production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. The play was written by Jay Presson Allen, the wife of Lewis Allen, one of Annie's producers. Rosanne was also a member of her school chorus at Lindenhurst Senior High School and it was under the direction of her school music teacher, Liz Costa, that she developed her love for singing. She was also involved with the Charles Street Players in Lindenhurst High School. Her greatest role being that of Grizabella in their rendition of Cats.

Although Sorrentino received positive reviews for her stage portrayal of Annie, she was considered too old - at the age of 13 - to be cast as Annie in the film version. Instead, after auditioning, she was offered, and accepted, the role of Pepper - the oldest, and bossiest, orphan.[1][2]



  • Annie (1982) -Pepper


  • Annie (1982) soundtrack: It's The Hard-Knock Life, Sandy, Maybe (Reprise), You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile, Finale Medley: I Don't Need Anything But You/We Got Annie/Tomorrow).[1]


  • Life After Tomorrow (2006) - appeared as herself in this documentary about life after appearing in Annie.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Rosanne Sorrentino has two daughters, Bridget and Sarah Kavanagh. She works at Brentwood North Middle School as an Assistant Principal on long Island,[3] but is still an actress and singer as well.[4]Currently a proud member of DCRP, a local club devoted to running and other activities.


  1. ^ a b c d IMDB website (2007). "Rosanne Details". Retrieved February 20, 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Jon Merrill website (2007). "Roseanne movie career". Archived from the original on March 24, 2007. Retrieved February 20, 2008. 
  3. ^ Annie Orphans website (2007). "Rosanne as Annie". Archived from the original on March 31, 2008. Retrieved February 20, 2008. 
  4. ^ website (2007). "Roseanne's website". Retrieved February 20, 2008. [self-published source]

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