Only a few child actors have been nominated for an Academy Award. Tatum O’Neal, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Justin Henry and Anna Paquin are among them. And so is Quinn Cummings.
In 1977, when she was just 9-years-old, she appeared in “The Goodbye Girl” as Marsha Mason’s daughter. She landed an Oscar nod as Best Supporting Actress for her role, but Vanessa Redgrave ultimately took the prize for her work in the film “Julia.” So what happened to Cummings after her big night in the Oscar spotlight?
Well, for starters, she continued acting for several years, landing mostly TV roles, including one as Annie on the ABC drama “Family.” She found only occasional roles in the late 1980s and, according to Wikipedia and imdb, also worked during that time as a casting agent. Ultimately, she left the profession behind in the early ’90s, marking the occasion the way that all young actors aspire to, with one, final appearance on “Blossom.”
Flash-forward a few years. In 2000, Cummings became a mom. The birth of her daughter, Anneke, launched her into a new phase of her career. That’s when she invented something with which some of you parents may be well acquainted: the Hip Hugger baby sling. Cummings remains CEO of the Hip Hugger company, which still sells plenty of carriers to people in need of an alternative to the Bjorn.
Cummings also had some experience with writing, so four years ago, she started a mommy blog called The QC Report. (Hey, she’s just like all of us here at Strollerderby! Except we don’t have Oscar nominations on our resumes … well, maybe Brett does.) That blog also led to a book called “Notes From the Underwire,” which was published earlier this year.
When asked in an interview with Good Housekeeping if she would ever return to acting, Cummings noted that she hates to ever say never. But she added, “I think I can safely say that acting holds no more charm for me than having braces put back on my teeth.”
Sounds like Cummings doesn’t need to go back to sharing screen time with “Goodbye Girls” anyway. She appears to be doing pretty well for herself outside the Hollywood scene.
Images: connect.in.com and Good Housekeeping