On February 27th… This Watson was a Woman

The actress Joanne Woodward was born Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward on February 27th, 1930, in Thomasville, Georgia. This famous actress – one of Chips’ favorites – played the role of Dr Mildred Watson in the underrated Sherlockian movie “THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS“.  As a Watson-like character, if not a traditional version of the good doctor, Woodward manages to capture the essential elements of Watson. Her role is neither canonical nor pastiche, but instead occupies some delightful middle-ground.

Information came from the volume A Curious Collection of Dates, by Leah Guinn (JHWS “Amber”) and Jaime N Mahoney (JHWS “Tressa”). [Additional biographical information from IMDB –Selena Buttons]

Posted by The Dynamic Duo Co-columnists (JHWS “Chips”) aka Ron and (JHWS “Selena Buttons”) aka Beth. [You are far too kind, Chips! –Selena Buttons]

3 Replies to “On February 27th… This Watson was a Woman”

  1. I saw this movie for the first time a few weeks ago, and Mildred Watson was by FAR my favorite part. She was amazing!

  2. One of my all-time favorite films! A madcap comedy the likes of which we don’t see anymore plus a dressing of Sherlock Holmes. As a librarian myself, Wilbur Peabody, Playfair/Holmes’ other accomplice beside Dr. Watson, is my favorite screen librarian. The only bad thing I can say about him is that he is obsessed with the Scarlet Pimpernel instead of Sherlock Holmes. Highly recommended!

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