“In a 1981 interview, Barbara Walters asked Katherine Hepburn, “Do you ever wear a skirt?” Hepburn replied, “I have one. I’ll wear it to your funeral.”
Meet Nancy Drew – Her Hobby Is Catching Crooks!
Trailer titles for Nancy Drew… Detective (1938)
“Arrogance means to me that you know what you’re doing, and you’re not polite or humble about it… It’s like self-confidence, but self-confidence is Nancy Drew. Nancy Drew was self-confident and, if anybody said to her, ‘Nancy, you suck,’ Nancy would say, ‘Okay,’ and walk away. Now if Nancy had been arrogant, she would have said, ‘Fuck you.’”
– Janis Ian, quoted by Melanie Rehak, Girl Sleuth (2005)
"After her father is sent to prison for life, Judy Drood is left somewhat psychologically scarred and jaded, with a cynical distrust of law enforcement and some rather severe anger issues. While still in high school, she becomes obsessed with solving mysteries and uncovering crimes - often where none exist. Her unorthodox (not to mention illegal) methods annoy and antagonize the local police. However, she does manage to solve enough real crimes that the local papers refer to her as the ‘teen girl detective’ - a label Judy despises, but which, unfortunately, sticks."
“19. Judy Drood ~ ‘Girl Detective,’” Richard Sala, Skeleton Key #6 (2012)
Jean and Louise Dana
Veronica Mars (TV)
Shelby Woo (TV)
“I got dozens of statements like this one – from letters, from phone conversations, from interviews. It went on for months, and each day the material expanded, grew in geometric surges, accumulating more and more associations, a chain of contacts that eventually took on a life of its own. It was an infinitely hungry organism, and in the end I saw that there was nothing to prevent it from becoming as large as the world itself. A life touches one life, which in turn touches another life, and very quickly the links are innumerable, beyond calculation… All well and good, perhaps, and one might say that this surplus of knowledge was the very thing that proved I was getting somewhere. I was a detective, after all, and my job was to hunt for clues. Faced with a million bits of random information, led down a million paths of false inquiry, I had to find the one path that would take me to where I wanted to go. So far, the essential fact was that I hadn’t found it.”
– Paul Auster, The Locked Room – part three of The New York Trilogy (1986)