April Haney

April Lerman (born February 6, 1969) is an American former child actress who played the role of Kate, an orphan in the 1982 film of the musical Annie. She also was a regular cast member on the first season of Charles in Charge (1984), where she played the character of Lila Pembroke.

April Lerman
Born (1969-02-06) February 6, 1969
Years active1982-1992
Spouse(s)William Pearson Haney (? - 2015) (divorced)

Early life and career

Lerman was born in Chicago, Illinois.[1] She began acting as a young child, appearing in the first National Tour of Annie where she played Tessie, and making her first professional screen performance in the 1982 film of the show, where she played a different character named Kate. April was then cast as Lila in the first season of Charles in Charge (1984), but the show underwent a major revamp in 1986 after being canceled in 1985 and most of the cast, including Lerman, were replaced by other actors. She spent the next few years working as an actress, appearing as a guest star in TV shows, such as Kate & Allie, Growing Pains, and Parker Lewis Can't Lose.[2]

Personal life

April divorced attorney William Pearson Haney in 2015. She has a son with him named Sean Haney. She had attended Pepperdine University School of Law and was admitted to the California Bar in 1995 but declined to pursue a career in the legal field, saying it would have been too stressful for her. When her son was seven years old, she went back to school and received a Master's degree from University of Santa Monica in Counseling Psychology. April now works in a community counseling group in Thousand Oaks, California, where she works primarily with children and adolescents.[3][4]


Year Title Role Notes
1992Rock and Roll FantasyAlex
1991Parker Lewis Can't LoseHaley Madison, Parker's Girlfriend1 episode
1990The Marshall ChroniclesJulie
1987CBS Schoolbreak SpecialCindy Greco
1986Kate & AllieHelen Miller
Growing PainsJuliet Van Druten
1984-1985Charles in ChargeLila Pembroke22 episodes
1983CBS Afternoon PlayhouseAndrea1 episode
The Brass RingMerleTV movie


  • Annie (1982 soundtrack to film): 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).

Appearances as Self

Year Title Role Notes
2006Life After TomorrowHerselfA documentary about former Annie orphans

Award nominations

  • 1987: Nominated in the Young Artist Awards for: Exceptional Performance by a Young Actress, Guest Starring in a Television, Comedy or Drama Series for: Growing Pains (1985).
  • 1986: Nominated in the Young Artist Awards for: Best Young Supporting Actress in a Television Series - Charles in Charge (1984)


  1. April Haney on IMDb
  2. Jon Merrill website (2007). "April movie career". Archived from the original on March 24, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-20.
  3. in Exclusive, Magazine (2009-09-07). "Celebrity Parents Magazine". Celebrityparentsmag.com. Archived from the original on 2011-02-13. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  4. "::: April Haney, M.A. - Community Counseling Group". Ccghelp.com. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
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