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Performer: June Foray
Taylor Momsen
Cameron Seely
Appeared in: How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Book)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Film)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (TV Special)
Halloween is Grinch Night
Dr. Seuss' The Grinch
And the Grinch grabbed the tree and he started to shove, when he heard a small sound like the coo of a dove. He turned around fast and he saw a small Who! Little Cindy-Lou Who, who was not more than two. The Grinch had been caught by this tiny Who daughter, who'd got out of bed for a cup of cold water. She stared at the Grinch and said "Santy Claus, why, why are you taking our Christmas tree? WHY?"

Cindy-Lou Who is a sweet little girl from Dr. Seuss' storybook How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. She serves as the tritagonist of the book and its adaptations.

She is a small Who girl who lives in Whoville and plays a main role in the storybook.

In 1966, she was voiced by the late June Foray. In 2000, she was portrayed by Taylor Momsen in the live action film of the same name, in which she has more of a role than her cartoon version.

In 2018, she appears in the computer animated remake (18 years since the Jim Carrey film), where she is voiced by Cameron Seely, sounding exactly the way the late June Foray made her in the original classic 1966 film.

1956/1957 book

The original Cindy-Lou Who had yellow skin (in the Redbook version only; recolored white in the published book). Her hair almost looked as if she was balding, and did not have her bow and signature hair until the end of the book.

1966 TV Special

In the original book and the animated adaptation, Cindy-Lou Who comes out of bed for a drink of water when she finds the Grinch, disguised as Santa Claus, stuffing her family's Christmas tree up the chimney (in the 1966 special, she also wakes up when she noticed a red ornament rolling to her after it fell off the tree).

Mistaking him for Santa, she innocently asks him why he is taking the tree. The Grinch, sensing innocence in the young girl, covers up his theft by lying to her, saying that there is a broken light on the tree and that he was taking it to "his workshop" to fix the problem and then return it on Christmas Day when she wakes up.

Then, the Grinch gets her a cup of water and sends her back to bed, showing the only legitimate kindness that he has in his small heart.

Notably, though this is her only real scene in the original book, Cindy Lou gets a bit more screen time in the animated adaptation.

Live Action

See Cindy Lou Who (Live-Action)

Broadway Musical

In the musical, Cindy-Lou can be from six to twelve years old. She has four siblings: Boo Who, Danny Who, Betty-Lou Who and Annie Who. She first appears in It's The Thought, Who Likes Christmas, I Hate Christmas Eve and Whatchamo.

She is clearly different from the other children dressed in red and white while she wears a pink gown. On Christmas Eve, she wakes up to meet the Grinch when she sings Santa For A Day with the Grinch.

She is played by two little girls every Winter at the Olde Globe in San Diego. She was first portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens.

Personality (2018 film)

Cindy-Lou is an energetic and hopeful young girl with a firm belief in the spirit of Christmas. She is smart, cunning and inventive. She constantly comes up with sophisticated plans of how to do something simple and always knows the best way to solve problems.

Looking for a way to help her mother, she plots to capture Santa Claus, something which will interfere with the Grinch's plans.

Of course, Cindy-Lou loves presents, but she knows that being nice, and spending time with those you care about is the best thing of all, a gift that can be given every single day, no matter what time of year it is.


In the 2018 film, Cindy-Lou has fuzzy tan skin, blue eyes and blonde yellow hair in the form of a bob-cut, which on the top is styled into messy braids adorned with red glitter bows. She wears a long striped pink scarf around her neck and a hot pink winter coat with a matching frilly dress underneath, alongside a yellow and pink striped pantyhose with pink boots. She is six years old.


The Grinch

When Cindy-Lou first met The Grinch at the post office, they did not get along because The Grinch thought that Cindy is just like the other Whos who only care about presents, which she does not.

Even though he did save her from the stamping machine, he just did not want to admit that he only did that because he cared about her safety. Then, Cindy-Lou decide to asks everyone what they know about him and soon discovers that he has a sad past.

Later, Cindy-Lou met the Grinch again after she found that the only reason he hated Christmas is because he had a tragic past and Cindy thought he was funny and was not afraid of him which it upset him, but the Grinch decides to go to the celebration for her sake.

As the movie continued, the Grinch went bad, got revenge, stole Christmas and realized what he had done after realizing that Christmas is not about presents, but spending time with your loved ones.

At the end, he returns the gifts and gets a kiss on the cheek from Cindy who cared about him. Then, they become best friends as the movie ends.

Her Family

Cindy-Lou loves her parents and brothers, but she believes that everyone is missing the point about Christmas by being more concerned about the gifts and festivities.

After meeting The Grinch and know that he has a dark past which she feels bad for him since he was bullied by The Mayor and the other Who kids. So she decides to bring The Grinch back to Whoville and make everybody include The Grinch to show them what Christmas really about.

During the celebration, her mother was lost at the light contest (deleted scene) and soon The Grinch came late, having fun and almost woo his childhood crush Martha May Whovier. The Mayor gives him an electric shaver as a present, reminding him of his painful humiliation at school.

May Who then asks Martha to marry him, promising her a new car in return. This causes the Grinch to openly berate the Whos for thinking that Christmas is about gifts that they will just dispose of later, in the hopes of making them too ashamed to celebrate the holiday.

He then goes on to ruin the celebration by burning the Christmas tree with a makeshift flamethrower (although his actions prove fruitless as the Who's have a spare tree which the Grinch sees them erect before he leaves).

After the gifts were stolen by The Grinch, the mayor and everybody blame Cindy for ruin Christmas by letting the Grinch come to Whoville which it hurts her feelings until her father stand up for her and finally realized that Christmas is not about gifts, but spending time with your love ones and know that Cindy was right about Christmas and knowing the true nature of The Mayor.

While her family singing, Cindy went to Mt. Crumpit and wants to tell The Grinch about Christmas.

Then she was looking for him, but decides to go in the sled and saw him by saying hi to The Grinch to his surprise The Grinch that she came all the way up Mt. Crumpit to see him and tell him that no one should not be alone on Christmas.

Then she smiles at The Grinch which it make The Grinch very happy that she does care about him until she was in danger of falling off the cliff with the sleigh, the Grinch finds enough strength to lift the sleigh, the gifts and Cindy-Lou to safety.

After a long descent down Mount Crumpit, the Grinch returns to Whoville with Cindy and the gifts. He confesses to the burglary, apologizes for his actions towards the Whos and turns himself in to the police as they arrive, but the Whos reconcile with him, much to May Who's dismay.

Martha turns down May Who's proposal and says that her heart belongs to the Grinch instead. The redeemed Grinch starts a new life with the Whos, commemorating the Christmas feast with them in his cave


Groopert and Cindy-Lou share a great friendship and always meet with each other in their treehouse. Like when they met at the top of the carousel, he understands her because he is a very good friend.


  • She was the first Who (other than Martha May Whovier) who was not afraid and did not hate the Grinch. She just knows that the Grinch is sweet and has a good side.
  • She was afraid of the Grinch at first until she realized that he had a dark past and tries to help him by becoming his friend.
  • She was the Grinch's first best friend along with his dog, Max in the live action movie.


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