‘Annie’ (Warbucks): “By the time I was twenty-three I’d made my first million”

'Annie' by Thomas Meehan

From: Musical

Type: Dramatic

Character: Oliver 'Daddy' Warbucks is a shrewd and successful businessman who, while stiff and bullish, has a soft heart.

Gender: Male

Age Range: 40's | 50's | 60's

Summary: Warbucks tries to explain to Annie how he beacame who he is, warts and all.

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WARBUCKS: I was born into a very poor family in what they call Hell’s Kitchen, right here in New York. Both of my parents died before I was ten. And I made a promise to myself — some day, one way or another, I was going to be rich. Very rich.

By the time I was twenty-three I’d made my first million. Then, in ten years, I turned that into a hundred million. (Nostalgically) Boy, in those days that was a lot of money. (Back to business) Anyway, making money is all I’ve ever given a damn about. And I might as well tell you, Annie, I was ruthless to those I had to climb over to get to the top. Because I’ve always believed one thing: You don’t have to be nice to the people you meet on the way up if you’re not coming back down again.

(Softening just a bit) But, I’ve lately realized something. No matter how many Rembrandts or Duessenbergs you’ve got, if you have no one to share your life with, if you’re alone, then you might as well be broke and back in Hell’s Kitchen. You understand what I’m trying to say?

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