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Mildred Wirt Benson (1905–2002)

To many collectors and fans of series books and children's literature, Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson was known as Carolyn Keene, Frances Judd, Dorothy West, Helen Louise Thorndyke, among other pseudonyms. Writing under various pen names as well as her own name, she penned over 130 books for children, numerous short stories plus thousands of ... See full bio »


(age 96) in Toledo, Ohio, USA

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 2007 Nancy Drew (characters - as Carolyn Keene)
 2002 Nancy Drew (TV Movie) (books - as Carolyn Keene)
 1995 Nancy Drew (TV Series) (characters)
 1977 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (TV Series) (books "Nancy Drew" - 7 episodes)
- Mystery of the Solid Gold Kicker (1977) ... (books "Nancy Drew" - as Carolyn Keene)
- The Mystery of the Ghostwriters' Cruise (1977) ... (books "Nancy Drew" - as Carolyn Keene)
- Mystery of the Fallen Angels (1977) ... (books "Nancy Drew" - as Carolyn Keene)
- A Haunting We Will Go (1977) ... (books "Nancy Drew" - as Carolyn Keene)
- The Secret of the Whispering Walls (1977) ... (books "Nancy Drew" - as Carolyn Keene)
 1939 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (based on the Nancy Drew stories by - as Carolyn Keene)
 1939 Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter (based on the Nancy Drew stories by - as Carolyn Keene)
 1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter (based on: Nancy Drew stories - as Carolyn Keene)
 1938 Nancy Drew: Detective (story "The Password to Larkspur Lane" - as Carolyn Keene)
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 1999 Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger (Video Game) (very special thanks)

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Other Works:

Monthly column for the Toledo Blade, "Millie Benson's Notebook."

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4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Carolyn Keene

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Benson was the first person to receive a master's degree in journalism at the University of Iowa in 1927, according to the school. See more »



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