Adoption: An American Tradition

4 Jul

We Got Annie, and Annie Got Fireworks.

I don’t think being adopted contributed to how much I loved the movie Annie (1982) when I was a little girl, but I can’t be sure. I think I still know every word to every song in the movie (including “Let’s Go the Movies”, come to think of it). The party Daddy Warbucks throws for Annie at the end, pictured above, set my little heart on fire. I mean, come on. Fireworks? At a house party?

Speaking of fireworks, it’s Independence Day.

Did you know that John Hancock, one of country’s founding fathers, was adopted? It’s true. Hancock’s father died when John was seven years old. After the death of his father, Hancock’s uncle adopted him.

So in honor of John, Annie, her fireworks and the birth of our nation, here is a┬ápartial list of other famous Americans who were adopted (not counting the fictional Annie or her dog, Sandy – also adopted):

Maya Angelou (poet and author)
John J. Audubon (naturalist)
Tallulah Bankhead (actress)
Ingrid Bergman (actress)
Richard Burton (actor)
Senator Robert Byrd
Truman Capote (author)
Harry Caray (baseball broadcaster)
Kristin Chenoweth (actress)
Eric Clapton (singer)
President Bill Clinton
Nat King Cole (singer)
Ted Danson (actor, adopted child and adoptive father)
Bo Diddley (musician)
President Gerald Ford
Jamie Foxx (singer, actor)
Melissa Gilbert (actress)
Newt Gingrich (politician)
Faith Hill (singer)
Scott Hamilton (professional skater)
Debbie Harry (singer)
Jesse Jackson (politician)
Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple)
Eartha Kitt (singer, actress)
Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels (musician)
Frances McDormand (actress)
Tim McGraw (singer)
Sarah McLachlan (singer)
James Michener (author)
Marilyn Monroe (actress)
Michael Oher (professional football, story inspired The Blind Side)
Edgar Allen Poe (author)
Priscilla Presley (actress)
First Lady Nancy Reagan
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt
Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy’s, children’s advocate)


Our agency has a much better list of people who were adopted as children or are adoptive parents.

Did any of these names surprise you?

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