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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


It was Little Cindy Lou Who, who was no more than two. The Grinch had been caught by this tiny Who daughter.

Cindy Lou Who is a sweet little girl from Dr. Seuss' storybook How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. She serves as the tritagonist in the 2000 film adaption.

She is a six-year-old Who girl who lives in Whoville and plays a main role in the story 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 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 who was in the movie The Greatest Showman.

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 didn't have her bow and signature hair until the end of the book.

1966 film

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.

Mistaking him for Santa, she innocently asks him why he's taking the tree. The Grinch, sensing innocence in the young girl, covers up his theft by lying to her, saying that there’s 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's 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's played by two little girls every Winter at the Olde Globe in San Diego. She was first portrayed by Vanessa Hudgens.

2018 Film

This version of Cindy Lou Who is different than her 1966 and 2000 version. For example, Cindy-Lou Who plots to capture Santa Claus to thank him for helping her widowed mother and her baby brothers every Christmas, something which will interfere with the Grinch's plans. She’s voiced by Cameron Seely, sounding exactly the way the late June Foray made her in the original classic 1966 film.


She has blonde hair, blue eyes & thick, wiry antennae in her cartoon version than in the book.


The Grinch

When Cindy Lou first met The Grinch at the post office, they didn't get along because The Grinch thought that Cindy is just like the other Whos who only care about presents which she doesn't.

Even though he did save her from the stamping machine, he just didn’t 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 wasn’t 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 isn't 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 isn't 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 shouldn't be alone on Christmas. (It means that she always cared about him)

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 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 wasn't afraid and didn’t hate the Grinch. She just knows that the Grinch is sweet and has a good side.
  • Cindy Lou 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.
  • Cindy Lou was the Grinch's first best friend along with his dog, Max in the live action movie.


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