Bridgette Marriah Andersen (July 11, 1975 - May 18, 1997), was an American child actress, best known for her part in the title role of the 1982 comedy Savannah Smiles.
Born in Inglewood, California, her high IQ was evident at a very young age, reading since she was 2 and a half years old. With a wide range of reading interests at the age of six, Ernest Hemingway was her favorite writer and The Old Man and the Sea her favorite book. She was a distant relative of fairy-tale author Hans Christian Andersen. 
She died as a result of an alcohol and heroin overdose at the age of 21. One of her final performances was a guest part on the sitcom Unhappily Ever After (1995), taped only a year before her death.
Savannah Smiles is a 1982 comedy film starring Bridgette Andersen, Donovan Scott, and Mark Miller. The plot centers around a seven year-old girl named Savannah, whose father is running for the United States Senate. Savannah's parents pay no attention to her, so she decides to run away and hides in her Aunt's car.
When her aunt goes to the park, Savannah switches cars and ends up with two convicts, who just escaped the night before. The convicts take her in and soon discover there is a $100,000 reward for her safe return. But the robbers grow close to her, and ironically, Savannah finds the love and attention she always wanted.
Savannah Smiles was released on VHS in 1982, but had been out of print for several years, and was going for expensive prices online due to its somewhat large cult following with people who grew up in the 1980s.
On September 26, 2006 it was released on DVD, by Anchor Bay.