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How Much Do You Know About Mystery?

Clue: Mysteries Have More of an Impact on Entertainment than You May Realize...

Did you know that the longest continuously running play in the history of theater is a mystery? Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap debuted on November 25, 1952 and is still running strong today in London's West End.

Did you know sales of Agatha Christie novels are at two billion copies and counting? Agatha Christie's first novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, was published in 1920.

Did you know critics and historians alike consider teenage sleuth Nancy Drew the first "strong" female role model for young girls in fiction? First published in 1930, Nancy Drew voted, drove a sports car and approached dangerous situations with courage, intelligence and tenacity. The first Nancy Drew Book, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930. Today, a new Nancy Drew book is published every other month.

Did you know there were 1500 mystery books published in the U.S. in 1998?

Did you know that the first regular dramatic series on American TV to star a black performer was a mystery series? Bill Cosby played an espionage agent on NBC's I Spy (1965-1978).

Did you know that television mystery series are among the longest-running shows in TV history? These include Dragnet (12 seasons), Hawaii Five-O (12 seasons), Murder, She Wrote (11 seasons), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (11 seasons), Perry Mason (10 seasons), Columbo (10 seasons) and Law & Order (9 seasons).

Did you know television mystery series launched Farrah Fawcett (Charlie's Angels), Tom Selleck (Magnum P.I.), Pierce Brosnan (Remington Steele) and Bruce Willis (Moonlighting) to superstar status?

Did you know of all-time box office leaders, 23 of the 100 highest earning films in history were mystery movies?

Did you know that mystery/crime movies have received 62 nominations for major Academy Awards from 1990 through 1998? (In the categories of picture, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress and director).

Did you know that crime and mystery films made up 21 of "America's Greatest 100 Films," a celebrated list released by the American Film Institute in 1998?