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DiedMay 28, 2002, Ladora, Iowa, United States
FactChild (from first marriage): Peggy Wirt.

Mildred Benson was born on July 10, 1905, in Ladora, Iowa. She was the eldest of three children born to James and Hattie Benson. Her father was a farmer and her mother was a homemaker. Mildred’s early education took place in a one-room schoolhouse near her home. She later attended Ladora High School, where she graduated as valedictorian of her class.

Mildred’s love of writing began at an early age. When she was just eight years old, she wrote and published her first story in a local newspaper. After high school, she attended the University of Iowa, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English. It was during her time at the university that Mildred began writing articles for children’s magazines.

In 1926, Mildred’s first book for children, “The Secret of the Cave,” was published. She would go on to write more than two dozen books for children, including the popular “Nancy Drew” series. In addition to her work as an author, Mildred also worked as a journalist and a teacher.

Mildred Benson died on May 28, 2002, at the age of 96.

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Full NameMildred Benson
DiedMay 28, 2002, Ladora, Iowa, United States
ProfessionJournalist, Author
EducationUniversity of Iowa


AwardsMalice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement, Special Edgars Award
MoviesNancy Drew, Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, Nancy Drew… Trouble Shooter, Nancy Drew... Detective

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1Benson was the first person to receive a master's degree in journalism at the University of Iowa in 1927, according to the school.
2Child (from first marriage): Peggy Wirt.
3Benson is the first of many writers to use this group pseudonym.
4The first ghostwriter for the Nancy Drew Mystery book series, which was conceived by Edward Stratemeyer. She wrote 23 of the first 25 Nancy Drew books from thumbnail sketches and plots provided by Stratemeyer.



Nancy Drew2007characters - as Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew2002TV Movie books - as Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew1995TV Series characters
The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries1977TV Series books "Nancy Drew" - 7 episodes
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase1939based on the Nancy Drew stories by - as Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter1939based on the Nancy Drew stories by - as Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew... Reporter1939based on: Nancy Drew stories - as Carolyn Keene
Nancy Drew: Detective1938story "The Password to Larkspur Lane" - as Carolyn Keene


Nancy Drew: Stay Tuned for Danger1999Video Game very special thanks

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