Originally Posted by Seawaters
I bet Ryan would like Hildegarde Withers!
I was hoping he'd see my post and give her a try. I love the three movies with Edna May Oliver! And the mystery books and stories are good, too ... not so much for plot, but for characters and dialogue. The story goes that after Stuart Palmer saw how Oliver played Miss Withers, he began to write the character of Miss Withers based on Edna May Oliver's interpretation! I recall one book where Miss Withers goes to Hollywood and keeps getting stopped for autographs by people who think she's Oliver.
For those who don't know, Hildegarde Withers is a mystery story detective from the 1930s to the 1960s created by writer Stuart Palmer---she's an old-maid schoolteacher who is friends with a salty police chief in New York City and keeps involving herself in murder cases and annoying her friend by solving them.