Tami Erin Klicman, an 11-year-old sixth-grader, was picked from among nearly 8,000 girls from the United States, London and Toronto for the movie role of Pippi Longstocking of book fame, the strongest girl in the world.
"I've never seen anyone who radiates sunshine like she does," said writer-director Ken Annakin. "Her eyes sparkle, and when she smiles, everybody feels happy."
Athough Tami, green-eyed and with red hair and freckles, has performed in school plays and commercials, she has no professional training.
"I'm happy and surprised," Tami said. "I love acting. When I was little, my parents said I always went around pretending to be a movie star."
In "The New Adventures of Pippi Longstocking," Tami will portray the fictional character of Astrid Lindgren's books.
Filming begins next month in Florida. The film, produced by Gary Mehlman and Walter Moshay, is to be released in 1987.