14 Fun Facts About Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew is 80 years old! To celebrate, Carolyn Keene’s first mystery featuring the young sleuth, THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK, has been reissued by Grosset & Dunlap in a limited anniversary edition. Here, Nancy Drew expert Jennifer Fisher sniffed out 14 fun facts about one of fiction’s most enduring crime solvers.

1. Edward Stratemeyer created Nancy Drew.

2. The first three books in the series — THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK, THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE and THE BUNGALOW MYSTERY — all debuted on April 28, 1930.

3. Besides blue, Nancy Drew’s car has been yellow, green and even maroon.

4. Carolyn Keene was a pseudonym for many ghostwriters over the years.

5. In the early books, Nancy often wore glamorous heels and fashionable frocks while chasing suspects, climbing ladders and sleuthing for “ghosts” in secret passageways.

6. Nancy Drew never takes money for her detective work — she is an amateur detective after all!

7. Since 1930, Nancy Drew has solved over 500 cases! Pretty good for an 80-year-old sleuth.

8. In the classic Nancy Drew series, volumes 1-56 from 1930 to 1979, Nancy Drew never solved murders.

9. Nancy Drew’s chum George Fayne’s catch phrase was “Hypers!” (“Like, wow!”)

10. One of Bess Marvin’s favorite foods was a gooey chocolate fudge sundae.

11. Nancy Drew went off to college in a short-lived series, NANCY DREW ON CAMPUS.

12. Nancy Drew’s first trip outside the United States was to Canada in
the original text of THE MESSAGE IN THE HOLLOW OAK.

13. Nancy Drew packed heat, carrying her father Carson Drew’s revolver in two early mysteries: the 1930 text of THE HIDDEN STAIRCASE and the 1931 text of THE SECRET AT SHADOW RANCH (she shot a lynx.) In contrast, in the 1965 Nancy Drew book, THE SPIDER SAPPHIRE MYSTERY, when confronted with guns, Nancy and her pal George Fayne tossed them into a brook.

14. Some famous Nancy Drew fans include: Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor; first lady Laura Bush; TV personalities Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters; mystery authors Nancy Pickard, Sara Paretsky, P.M. Carlson and Susan Kandel; plus actresses Barbara Streisand, Emma Roberts and Ellen Barkin. —Jennifer Fisher

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Comment by RG
2010-04-30 07:57:24

I never realized what a sexist I was at the time, but when I was a kid, I must have read 20 – 30 Hardy Boys books but never even considered the possibility that I could read a Nancy Drew book.

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Comment by michael
2010-04-30 12:17:34

Don’t feel bad RG. Look at that long list of Nancy Drew fans. See any men mentioned?

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Comment by Rod Lott
2010-04-30 12:27:42

Just Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Comment by brittany
2011-01-31 13:30:44

these facts are amazing i would of had never considered them

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Comment by karis
2011-12-30 16:10:40

Great facts! I love nancy drew!!

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Comment by Bella
2012-09-05 17:33:43

I’ve read Nancy Drew since I was in the 3rd grade & I have just graduated from high school. They’re so addicting! Nancy Drew is an excellent role model & I learn so much from eah book!

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Comment by Renata
2013-05-16 23:30:23

I’m working on a Nancy Drew doll house. It’s the 1940’s, married to Ned who is off to war. Around the house are items from the cases that Nancy solved. Kind of difficult since it is in 1/2″ scale. But so far fun.

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