Dorothy Gilman

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - View original article

Dorothy Gilman
Dorothy Gilman.jpeg
BornDorothy Edith Gilman
(1923-06-25)June 25, 1923
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 2012(2012-02-02) (aged 88)
Rye Brook, New York, U.S.
OccupationNovelist
NationalityAmerican
Notable work(s)The Mrs. Pollifax series
 
Jump to: navigation, search
Dorothy Gilman
Dorothy Gilman.jpeg
BornDorothy Edith Gilman
(1923-06-25)June 25, 1923
New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
DiedFebruary 2, 2012(2012-02-02) (aged 88)
Rye Brook, New York, U.S.
OccupationNovelist
NationalityAmerican
Notable work(s)The Mrs. Pollifax series

Dorothy Edith Gilman (June 25, 1923 – February 2, 2012) was an American espionage and mystery fiction writer. She was best known for the Mrs. Pollifax series. Emily Pollifax, her heroine, became a spy in her 60s and is very likely the only spy in literature to belong simultaneously to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the local garden club.[1]

Biography[edit]

Dorothy Gilman was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to minister James Bruce and Essa (Starkweather) Gilman. She married teacher Edgar A. Butters, Jr. September 15, 1945; they divorced in 1965. The couple had two children, Christopher and Jonathan. She attended Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 1940–1945 and the University of Pennsylvania 1963–1964. Gilman was a Unitarian Universalist.[citation needed]

In 2010 Gilman was awarded the annual Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.[2]

Gilman died of Alzheimer's disease in 2012, aged 88.[1]

Works[edit]

The Mrs. Pollifax series[edit]

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax(1966) was the first in what would be a 14-book series. The heroine, the eccentric Emily Pollifax, is a 60-ish bored garden-clubbing grandmother and widow who became a part-time CIA agent. The series, which ended in 2000 with Mrs. Pollifax Unveiled, consists of fast-paced escapades filled with danger and intrigue in Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, China, Morocco, Africa, Sicily, and elsewhere[3] The character was adapted in the 1971 film Mrs. Pollifax-Spy.

Other[edit]

Film/TV adaptations[edit]

The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax was filmed by United Artists in 1970 as Mrs. Pollifax-Spy starring Rosalind Russell.

Angela Lansbury starred in the made-for-TV movie The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax in 1999.

References[edit]

Sources[edit]