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You listen to me, you little twerp. Just one more thing from you, just one, and I'll guaranty you'll be sorry you've laid your eyes on me! Do you understand me? I'll have you so scared that you'll want to pee in your pants! You'll crawl on the floor begging me for mercy! So don't push me!!! You got it!?!
~ Connie to Natty.

Connie is the main antagonist of Disney's 1985 live-action film The Journey of Natty Gann, even though she only appeared near the beginning of the film. She is Natty's cruel guardian and the shallow and insensitive innkeeper of the San Marco hotel.

She was portrayed by Lainie Kazan.

Role

Natty's father, Sol arranges for Connie to look after Natty, and promises to send bus fare for her in a few weeks. Natty returns with a puppy, and Connie gives her a letter from her father. Inside, she finds a locket that belonged to her deceased mother. In time, Natty witnesses Frankie and his family being evicted by police. The townsfolk riot, and when Natty gets involved, she is apprehended by police. Connie becomes angry when she is ordered to appear in court for Natty’s misdeeds, and locks the girl in her room, then reports her as an abandoned child to the authorities. Overhearing the telephone call, Natty sneaks out the window and leaves the puppy with her friend Sherman. She jumps onto a moving train headed west, to find her father.

When Natty's father calls Connie, she tells him Natty is gone. In a later phone call he is grieved to learn that Natty's wallet was found underneath a derailed freight train. Unbeknownst to him, she lived through the crash.

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  • Despite being the main antagonist, she only had 4 minutes of screen time, but her intentions to have Natty get taken away are what drove the plot of the film.

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