7 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Murder, She Wrote’
Murder, She Wrote was a hugely popular show in the ’80s and early ’90s. Starring Angela Lansbury, the premise of the show was about a woman named Jessica Fletcher, who worked as a mystery writer and amateur detective. The series lasted for an impressive 12 seasons, which aired from 1984 to 1996 on CBS. It goes down in history as one of the most successful and longest-running shows in history! It’s been over 20 years since the season finale, so here’s a look at 7 things you didn’t know about Murder, She Wrote!
7. Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher
As we all know now Angela Lansbury landed the role of Jessica Fletcher and played it well! She earned four Golden Globe Awards for her performance in addition to six more nominations, and numerous Emmy Award nominations. Safe to say we couldn’t imagine any other actress in that iconic role, but when the show was first being shopped around that role was offered to Doris Day and Jean Stapleton, who’d turned down the role for “personal reasons.”
The title “Murder, She Wrote” was not surprisingly inspired by the 1961 film Murder She Said. Not only that but Jessica Fletcher’s character was also modeled after Murder She Said‘s main character, Miss Marple, and the author Agatha Christie. Miss Maple was a hit on British television in the ’80s, so CBS used her as a model to bring that success to an American audience.