Never forget, Cynthia Nixon was in Murder, She Wrote.
Threshold of Fear S09E16
To celebrate Angela Lansbury’s honorary Oscar at the 2014 Academy Awards, David Gritten picks her 10 greatest performances on stage, screen and television
Slide show time!
I have strangely been on a Murder, She Wrote kick lately.
These episodes are delightful so far, not gonna lie.
Today’s DUM is JB (Jessica Beatrice) Fletcher. A middle-aged American crime writer, Fletcher was created by Peter S. Fischer for the pilot episode of Murder, She Wrote (1984). Portrayed by Angela Lansbury, the character appeared in 268 episodes from ‘The Murder of Sherlock Holmes’ (1984) to ‘The Celtic Riddle’ (2003). James Anderson wrote the first spin-off novel in 1985. Books, jigsaws, and crappy computer games, continue.
Fletcher lives in Cabot Cove, a quaint seaside town with a couple of homicides weekly. A retired teacher and reluctant celebrity, with a proper typewriter, Fletcher has written a fantastic array of titles, mentioned during the series, from The Corpse Danced at Midnight to The Mystery of the Mutilated Minion. Oddly, none of Donald Bain’s spin-off books, all ghost-written as JB, use titles from the series. From a gender perspective, Fletcher is incredibly conservative: she only starts writing when her husband dies, and expresses indignation at any hint of sexual scandal. She is the all-American favourite aunty you never had.
Did You Know?
- The character was written for Jean Stapleton, a very different actor to Angela Lansbury
- Fletcher was pitched as ‘a cross between Agatha Christie and Miss Marple, with an American twist’.
- MSW was first theorised by unknown producers in the early 1950s.
- JB has no documented connection to the major American crime writer JS Fletcher (1863-1935)
- Yes, she has a cult following. A big one.
(GIF from fuckyeahjbfletcher.tumblr.com)
A LOYAL and LOVING following.
But we will cut you.
Bosom Buddies- The friendship of Bea Arthur and Angela Lansbury. The met when they both appeared in the Broadway smash ‘Mame’ (1966) with Lansbury starring as Mame and Bea playing Mame’s Best friend Vera Charles, they both won Tony Awards for their roles. They were bosom buddies in life too, they say their friendship really blossomed during the 80’s when they were both on Hit series at the same time, Bea on ‘Golden Girls’ and Angela on ‘Murder she Wrote’
Does anyone remember this themesong?
Gonna have to say yes.
… is that Sonny Bono I’m seeing as a restaurant dude?