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Kristin Lai

It's always nice to see co-stars stick together and showing support for one another, even after not having seen each other for over 30 years.

Contrary to his onscreen persona in the film, Tim Curry made a positive and lasting impact on his young costar Aileen Quinn, who played the redheaded orphan in the 1982 version of Annie, in which Curry played the conniving conman, Rooster.

After suffering a stroke in 2012, 69-year-old Curry doesn't make many public appearances. But the legendary stage and screen actor was sure to attend the Tony Awards Viewing Party last week to accept his Actors Fund Lifetime Achievement award.

In addition to receiving his award, he also made time at the event to catch up with Aileen Quinn who played Annie opposite Curry's Rooster.

Aileen Quinn had nothing but kind words to say about her Annie costar, whom she hadn't seen in the 33 years after the film wrapped.

Despite playing a swindler onscreen, it should come as no surprise that Curry is a very kind man. Quinn told People about their mini-reunion:

It was amazing. Tim was the one [co-star] I hadn't seen in 30 years. It was very emotional because what people don't realize about him is how kind he is in real life.
David Sobel / The Actors Fund
David Sobel / The Actors Fund

Even after all these years, Quinn has the same Annie smile which Tim Curry recognized immediately:

When I came up to him, I was like, 'Tim, do you remember this face?' And he said, 'Of course I do!' and he had kind of this wry smile. He has that twinkle in his eye as always. Even though it's not quite the same as 30 years ago because he's older now, we had a very nice moment.

Despite Curry's health woes, he seems to be keeping in high spirits. When he spoke to Los Angeles Magazine about keeping levity in his life and maintaining a sense of humor, he responded:

Vital. Absolutely vital. It’s not tough to maintain. It is just part of my DNA.
Aileen Quinn / Facebook
Aileen Quinn / Facebook

This sense of perseverance and positivity conveyed to Aileen Quinn that night during their discussion:

The fact that he even came out that night to receive the award says a lot. He's fighting the good fight. He's hanging in there. He came, he talked to a bunch of people, he got his award. He's a real fighter in true 'Annie' spirit!

It might not be easy street for Mr. Curry at the moment, but with the true Annie spirit seeing him through, I hope he'll be around for many more years to remind us of how much of an inimitable talent he truly is.

(Via: People)


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