Annabella Avery Thorne (born October 8, 1997), is an American actress, singer, director, and former child model. Thorne played Ruthy Spivey in the television series My Own Worst Enemy (2008) and Tancy Henrickson in the fourth season of Big Love (2010), before gaining prominence for her role as CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up (2010–2013). She also portrayed Paige Townsen in the Freeform drama series Famous in Love (2017–2018), and has appeared in several films, including Blended (2014), The DUFF (2015), Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015), You Get Me (2017), Amityville: The Awakening (2017), The Babysitter (2017), Midnight Sun (2018), and Assassination Nation (2018).
Thorne was born in the Miami suburb of Pembroke Pines, Florida, to Tamara Thorne (née Beckett) and Delancey Reinaldo “Rey” Thorne. She has three siblings who are also actors. Her father, who was Cuban, died in 2007 in a traffic accident. On her maternal side Thorne is of mostly Italian ancestry, with some Irish, English, Welsh, and German. Thorne has said that she was raised by a single mother who was supporting four children, and that they were very poor, which is why she worked as a child actress, to help support the family.
In a September 2017 appearance on Chelsea, Thorne told Chelsea Handler that she was bullied growing up because she was dyslexic, lived in a suburban area and spoke Spanish as her native language.
In January 2018, Thorne said she had been sexually abused from a young age until she was 14. She did not identify her abuser.
Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in first grade. She was home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had been bullied. She improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and began reading and writing a grade ahead. In an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader magazine, she said she overcame dyslexia by rigorously reading everything she could find, including cereal box labels.
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