If nothing else, the movie "Annie" certainly seems destined to have an effect on summer hairstyles.
In a drummed-up Hollywood-style grand premiere of Columbia Pictures' new multimillion-dollar film last night, actress Diana Quick of "Brideshead Revisited," appeared with red, curly hair; Carol Burnett's hair had gone from red to brown; Aileen Quinn, "Annie," appeared with her own trademark red, curly hair; and Albert Finney, who had shaved his head Mr. Clean bald to play the role of Daddy Warbucks, showed up with the biggest surprise of all: a head full of hair.
All of this commotion at a pre-premiere cocktail party led to speculation that most the prominent guest, First Lady Nancy Reagan, might show up with an "Annie" hairdo. She didn't, of course, which relieved some of the guests, but seemed to disappoint the Columbia people.
"Well, there's still Barbara Bush," said Albert Kovens, who identified himself as a Columbia stockholder.
Escorted by the movie's producer, Ray Stark, Nancy Reagan entered the theater quickly, stopping to kiss the 10-year-old Quinn on the way in. She did not address the crowd, but later attended a post-premiere party.
Dick Cavett, dressed in black tie and his usual blond hair, hosted the premiere gala on, appropriately enough, the Avenue of Americas in front of Radio City Music Hall. The red carpet was out, the high school band was blasting "Tomorrow" ("about 27 times," said Cavett) and silver balloons emblazoned with "Annie" wafted among Manhattan's towers, outnumbering even the curious pigeons.
Along with the cast of the new film and director John Huston, the 6,000 guests included Brooke Shields, Olivia Newton-John, New York Mayor Ed Koch, Phyllis George and her husband Kentucky Gov. John Y. Brown, Charles Ryder of "Brideshead," Anthony Quinn, Cary Grant, New York Gov. and Mrs. Hugh Carey and several of the Annies from the Broadway hit on which the movie is based, including the first Annie, Andrea McCardle.
Tickets for the premiere were priced from $50 to $500 and the proceeds--about $500,000--were going to New York public television station,, which videotaped the event for later telecast.
Among those who seemed most pleased with the celebration was Ann Reinking, who plays Grace Farrell, Daddy Warbucks' leading lady in the film. When asked by Cavett if she would ever like to do a non-dancing role, she replied, "Sure, as soon as you do a non-talking one."
It seemed, in an effort to keep the momentum going, almost anyone who was remotely anyone was interviewed by Cavett upon entering the music hall, including Kristy McNichol's hairdresser, who accompanied McNichol to the opening. Even the dog, Sandy, was interviewed and asked if this were a film about a girl who had a little dog or a dog who had a little girl.
After all the celebrities had arrived and gone inside the theater for the premiere, a Gray Line bus pulled up. About 40 well-dressed people dispersed and went straight into the theater. When asked who they were, a public television official replied, "Oh, them, they are just the people who bought the $500 tickets."