Many adolescent girls have June 15, 2007 marked on the calendar. That is the day that the new Nancy Drew film hits theaters. Carolyn Keene’s series about the spunky teenaged sleuth is being read and enjoyed by new generations of young girls every year. A mix of pure simplicity and resourceful cleverness is necessary to bring the character of Nancy Drew to life. Emma Roberts is the current actress to play Nancy Drew and had two fantastic actresses to look to for inspiration.
Bonita Granville. Bonita Granville brought the beloved character of Nancy Drew to life in Nancy Drew, Detective in 1938. This adorable, perky star had the distinction of being the first to play Nancy Drew. She reprised the role in three other Nancy Drew films between 1938 and 1939. These were the days of movie making when actors worked non stop and made many movies back to back. Bonita Granville came from a show business family, however did not have much faith in her abilities as she could not sing or dance. Apparently many disagreed, however, as Bonita Granville worked at RKO, Fox, Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during her long career. Other notable movies she acted in are Now, Voyager with Bette Davis in 1942 and also the Lone Ranger in 1956. Bonita Granville died after a long battle with lung cancer in 1988. I have seen Nancy Drew, Detective and highly recommended it for those who enjoy classic films. Bonita Granville was smart and likable in this role. She conveyed the spunk and cleverness of the character perfectly.
Pamela Sue Martin. Pamela Sue Martin was the face of Nancy Drew from 1977 to 1979 when she played the female detective on The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. This was a Sunday evening television staple in my home while I was growing up and I remember it well. Pamela Sue Martin had just the right amount of teenage innocence and clever intelligence to portray the character in a positive and capable light. Pamela Sue Martin went on to play the role of Fallon Carrington Colby on Dynasty from 1981-1984. She then starred in several made for television movies and miniseries on network television in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Pamela Sue Martin has been married three times and is the proud mother of one son. Pamela Sue Martin has dropped out of sight in recent years, but she will always be Nancy Drew to me.
Emma Roberts. Emma Roberts plays the beloved character of Nancy Drew in the latest screen version. This young lady definitely has acting in her blood. She is the daughter of Eric Roberts and the niece of phenomenal film actress, Julia Roberts. Emma Roberts is very familiar to the tween set after starring in the very popular movie, Aquamarine and playing Addie Singer on Nickelodeon Channel’s tween hit, Unfabulous.
It remains to be seen whether this version of Nancy Drew will find it’s way into the hearts of young girls world wide as past ones have. I’m betting it will.