Mayfair's Joanna Pacitti, 24, who's had various tastes of fame (besides the usual Philly stuff such as national anthems and Al Alberts), moved on to Hollywood on "American Idol" on Thursday night.
In 2003, she appeared on MTV’s True Life as a wannabe music star. In 2006, she had a contract with Geffen Records and cut an album. As my colleague David Hiltbrand wrote in 2006: She became the poster girl for heartache a decade ago when she was orphaned by Anne. At age 11, after winning a massive talent contests sponsored by Macy's, she was installed on national television as the title character in a Broadway-bound revival of the music.
After 106 shows, she developed bronchitis. The producers dismissed her, replacing her with her 8-year-old understudy just two weeks before the show opened on Broadway. Her parents sued, and the case was settled out of court.