Does this mansion look familiar? If you're like me, and grew up watching the film "Annie" (1982), then you might remember it as Daddy Warbucks' mansion.
In real life, the beautiful building, originally called Shadow Lawn, is located in Monmouth, New Jersey, and was built in 1927 for Hubert Templeton Parson, president of the F.W. Woolworth Company. Since 1956, it has been a part of Monmouth University and is called Woodrow Wilson Hall. It has an interesting history, starting with the land it occupies (formerly the site of another estate that was Woodrow Wilson's summer White House) to how it was chosen for the film.
You can read the backstory about how the mansion came to be chosen by director John Huston for the film at http://www.nytimes.com/1981/06/25/garden/a-mansion-for-daddy-warbucks.html.
Monmouth University has a page of its website dedicated to the history of the building at https://www.monmouth.edu/university/wilson-hall.aspx.
There's also some good architectural information at http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=d&d=p1157.
Image: Shadow Lawn, now called Woodrow Wilson Hall, at Monmouth University, pictured in April 2015, by Zeete (author), used under Creative Commons licensing.
Stanley Andrews (Stanley Andrzejewski- 28 August 1891 – 23 June 1969) was an American actor, who had his first big role on radio as Daddy Warbucks in the Little Orphan Annie series,where he starred from 1931 to 1936. He appeared in more than 250 movies, which included Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Beau Geste, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Ox-Bow Incident, It's a Wonderful Life, State of the Union, The Lemon Drop Kid,Superman and the Mole Men (the very first theatrical Supermanfilm); his final film role in Cry Terror! in 1958.
Besides his regular appearances on Death Valley Days, he appeared in seventeen episodes of The Range Rider, with Jock Mahoney and Dick Jones, eleven segments of Annie Oakley, ten episodes of The Gene Autry Show, seven episodes of The Lone Ranger, six appearances on Buffalo Bill, Jr., again with Dick Jones, and four times each on Tales of the Texas Rangers and the western aviation series, Sky King. In the latter series with Kirby Grant and Gloria Winters, Andrews was cast as Jim Herrick in "Danger Point", and as Josh Bradford in "The Threatening Bomb" (both 1952) and as Old Dan Grable in "Golden Burro" and as Pop Benson in "Rustlers on Wheels" (both 1956). Andrews portrayed Dr. Henry Fulmer in the 1955 episode "Joey Saves the Day" of the NBC children's western series, Fury.His role as the Old Ranger began in 1952 and ended in 1963, when the sponsors of Death Valley Days, U.S. Borax, decided upon a younger man to be the series host. The choice fell on Ronald Reagan, who, like Andrews, was from Illinois and shared an interest in western history. When Reagan left the show to run for Governor, hosting duties were taken over by Reagan's good friend, Robert Taylor. Taylor died during the series run and was succeeded by Dale Robertson. (Wik) #stanleyandrews#daddywarbucks#littleorphanannie#mrdeedsgoestotown#beaugeste#mrsmithgoestowashington#itsawonderfullife#theoxbowincident#thelemondropkid#stateoftheunion#superman#cryterror#deathvalleydays#theloneranger#therangerider#jockmahoney#dickjones#annoeoakley#thegeneautryshow#talesofthetexasrangers#jimherrick#dangerpoint#joshbradford#goldenburro#ronaldreagan
As an actor you hope for things like this. For the rest of the year I am booked for some dream roles in shows I can’t believe I’m going to be a part of. First I get to play Rod in Avenue Q again as Seacoast Rep brings it back for a limited run. September 14-30. Then (GASP) I get to star in The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris. I’ve wanted to do this show since I first read it!!! November 15-17. Then to finish the year off I’ll be playing Daddy Warbucks in Annie. Annie is one of my favorite shows and now I get to play the iconic Daddy W. November 30-December 23. I’m one lucky son of a bitch!!!! #seacoastrep#avenueq#thesantalanddiaries#santalanddiaries#davidsedaris#annie#daddywarbucks#baldbeauty#luckyluckyme