Stage musical (later a film) based upon the popular Harold Gray comic strip Little Orphan Annie
. The story deals with a 10-year-old orphan girl named Annie, who is chosen to spend two weeks with billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. Though cold and aloof at first, Warbucks comes to like the girl and eventually wants to adopt her. But Annie believes her parents are still alive. Warbucks then publicly announces that he will give a cash reward to her real parents. This prompts a plot to kidnap the girl.
The 1977 stage production won 7 Tony Awards and ran for 2,377 performances. It starred Andrea McArdle, Reid Shelton, and Dorothy Loudon. The film version, made in 1982, starred Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Ann Reinking, and Tim Curry. A made-for-TV movie version appeared in 1999 starring Kathy Bates and Victor Garber.