Roles turned down by Kristy McNichol:
Offered the role of "Amanda," she expected to begin filming but the producers decided to instead cast another actress.
Actor who got the part: Tatum O'Neal
A contender for the role of "Annie."
Actor who got the part: Cherie Currie
Was considered for the role of Violet, but declined because she was already commited to the TV series "Family".
Actor who got the part: Brooke Shields
Kristy McNichol was pulled two weeks before filming though by the film's producers, who feared she might be "difficult" to work with, due to her then-ongoing bouts with manic-depression.
Actor who got the part: Helen Slater
Was among the 200 applicants for the role of Iris Steensma.
Actor who got the part: Jodie Foster
Did you know that Kristy McNichol was not the only choice for this movie? (click to learn more)