Little Orphan Annie - in all her forms.

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Mary Alice Smith

Mary Alice Smith

Mary Alice Smith was the REAL Little Orphant Annie. She was actually an "orphant Allie" but a typesetter misread the poet, James Whitcomb Riley's, handwriting and changed the "Allie" to Annie."

Mary Alice (Smith) Gray

Mary Alice (Smith) Gray

This is a photo that was used for publicity purposes by a man who took Mary Alice on tour after Riley's death. He would present a program on Riley, and then bring Orphan Annie out to answer questions from the audience. Mary Alice was in her 70's when she did this.

Mary Alice (Smith) Gray

Mary Alice (Smith) Gray

Another photo of Mary Alice (Smith) Gray - Riley's Little Orphant Allie/Annie

LOA by Will Vawter

LOA by Will Vawter

This is an iconic image of Annie by Riley's main illustrator, Will Vawter. Vawter used people from Brown County, Indiana - where he lived in an artist colony - as inspiration for his drawings. This one is of Sarah Spicer Hardin who was 8 at the time. Hardin stated she remembered Vawter as a kindly man who gave her 50 cents for posing for this picture, and he always had candy in his pockets.

LOA by Vawter

LOA by Vawter

And Thist as she clicked her heels to turn and run and hide, there was two great big black things -astandin by her side. This is a verse from Riley's Little Orphant Annie poem - -and Vawter's illustration aptly illuminates the verse.

LOA by Betts

LOA by Betts

Little Orphant Annie by Ethel Franklin Betts. Ethel Franklin Betts was an artist from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This image appeared on the cover of Riley's books: "Riley Child Verse" and "A Host of Children: James Whitcomb Riley." This is an image that inspired a Tiffany glass window design.

Tiffany LOA

Tiffany LOA

Little Orphant Annie - a Tiffany stained glass design - based on an Ethel Franklin Betts illustration. To my knowledge - this window was never made.

Annies portrait by Betts

Annies portrait by Betts

Little Orphant Annie as depicted for Riley's book "Orphant Annie Storybook" by Ethel Franklin Betts. Riley gave the artist a description of Annie - and she drew this image from that description.

1918 LOA ad

1918 LOA ad

An ad for the 1918 Little Orphant Annie film staring Colleen Moore. This movie is based on the James Whitcomb Riley poem.

LOA DVD

LOA DVD

Cover of the Little Orphant Annie DVD - which has the 1918 Silent film.

LOA 1918 screen shot

LOA 1918 screen shot

A colorized screen shot of the 1918 Little Orphant Annie film. Colleen Moore portrayed Annie - - she is seen here in the blue dress. The man is supposed to be her uncle and the lady is the matron for the orphanage where she lived.

Colleen Moore as LOA

Colleen Moore as LOA

Colleen Moore as Little Orphant Annie from the 1918 film.

Raggedy Ann Patent

Raggedy Ann Patent

The Patent that Johnny Gruelle submitted for Raggedy Ann. Raggedy Ann is named for two of James Whitcomb Riley's poems - "The Raggedy Man" and "Little Orphant Annie."

Modern Raggedy Ann

Modern Raggedy Ann

Raggedy Ann - a creation by Johnny Gruelle - a close friend of James Whitcomb Riley.

Orphant Annie Storybook cover

Orphant Annie Storybook cover

Orphant Annie Story Book by Johnny Gruelle. This book was written in memory of James Whitcomb Riley - the creator of the Orphant Annie character. Gruelle grew up in the same Indianapolis neighborhood where Riley lived. Upon the poet's death, Gruelle created this book in memory of his good friend.

Orphan Annie by Gruelle

Orphan Annie by Gruelle

Little Orphant Annie as depicted by illustrator - Johnny Gruelle in the Little Orphant Annie Story book.

Little Orphan Annie Comic Strip

Little Orphan Annie Comic Strip

The comic strip Orphan Annie - created by Harold Gray

Orphan Annie and Sandy

Orphan Annie and Sandy

Little Orphan Annie as depicted by Harold Gray. Gray's LOA is noted for her "empty eyes."

Annie's first strip

Annie's first strip

The very first Orphan Annie Comic Strip by Harold Gray

1932 Little Orphan Annie movie

1932 Little Orphan Annie movie

Little Orphant Annie Ad for the 1932 movie starring Mitzi Green

Mitzi Green star of 1932 LOA

Mitzi Green star of 1932 LOA

Mitzi Green as Little Orphant Annie

1938 Little Orphan Annie movie

1938 Little Orphan Annie movie

1938 Little Orphan Annie starring Ann Gillis ad

LOA 1938 Ann Gillis movie still

LOA 1938 Ann Gillis movie still

Ann Gillis starring in a LOA from 1938

Radio Orphan Annie

Radio Orphan Annie

Radio Orphan Annie was the first program targeted towards children. It's first sponsor was Ovaltine

Shirley Bell was Radio Orphan Annie

Shirley Bell was Radio Orphan Annie

Shirley Bell - the original star of Radio Orphan Annie

Radio Orphan Annie Theme Song

Radio Orphan Annie Theme Song

Who is that little chatterbox?

Radio Orphan Annie.jpg

Radio Orphan Annie.jpg

Radio Orphan Annie had a Secret Society where you could get decoder pins to decode the secret message from each radio program.

LOA and Captain Sparks

LOA and Captain Sparks

Captain Sparks with Quaker Wheat Sparkies would sponsor Radio Orphan Annie during the war years.

Orphant Annie Millies Miniatures

Orphant Annie Millies Miniatures

Orphant Annie as a Millie's Miniatures doll. Millie Davis was the creator of these handmade dolls that were made in Riley's hometown of Greenfield and sold from the James Whitcomb Riley Boyhood Home.

LOA by Madam Alexander

LOA by Madam Alexander

James Whitcomb Riley's version of Little Orphant Annie - as depicted by Madam Alexander

Orphant Annie by Lenci Mascotte

Orphant Annie by Lenci Mascotte

A Lenci Mascotte doll - representing Riley's version of LOA

Modern Annie Comic Strip logo

Modern Annie Comic Strip logo

The modern logo for the Little Orphan Annie Comic strip. She also has a totally new look.

Modern Annie

Modern Annie

Modern Comic strip Annie's new look

Annie Logo

Annie Logo

Annie - the musical opened on Broadway in 1977 - based on the Harold Gray comic strip

Andrea McCardle as LOA

Andrea McCardle as LOA

Andrea McCardle was the first LOA on stage

Annie the movie

Annie the movie

Annie the movie came out in 1982 - based on the popular musical

Aileen Quinn as LOA

Aileen Quinn as LOA

Aileen Quinn starred in Annie the movie

Orphant annie by Robin Woods

Orphant annie by Robin Woods

Riley's Orphant Annie as a doll made by Robin Woods

Orphant annie by Wendy Lawton

Orphant annie by Wendy Lawton

Riley's Little Orphant Annie as a doll by Wendy Lawton

LOA by Jamie Stempnik.jpeg

LOA by Jamie Stempnik.jpeg

A merging of the two Annie characters in a modern rendition by Jamie Stempnik - both the elements of Riley's character - the broom and the verse above - and elements of the Gray character - the empty eyes and the dress are seen in this interpretation of Little Orphant Annie

Annie 2014

Annie 2014

The poster from the 2014 version of the Annie movie.

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