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Dale Messick


Cartoonist who have, in 1975, received the Country wide Cartoonists Society’s Tale Comic Book Prize for her focus on Brenda Superstar. Her first work out of university was creating artwork to get a Chicago greeting card issuer, which she still left in the beginning of the Great Melancholy when her pay out was reduced. In 1997, she attained the Milton Caniff Life time Accomplishment Award for Brenda Superstar. She was created Dalia Messick, in South Flex, Indiana, her mom a seamstress and her dad an indicator painter who prompted her to pull. She called her dashing feminine reporter Brenda Starr after a 1930s debutante and provided her the appears of celeb Rita Hayworth.

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Full Name Dale Messick
Date Of Birth April 11, 1906
Place Of Birth Indiana
Profession Cartoonist
Nationality American
Awards Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame
Movies Brenda Starr, Brenda Starr, Reporter
Star Sign Aries

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1Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 368-369. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
2She studied art and got a job at a greeting-card company, while working on her comic strips at night.
3Retired in 1985, but "Brenda Starr" is still running. It is now written by Mary Schmich and drawn by June Brigman.
4Male readers wrote to Messick, assuming that Dale was a man and asking for private sketches of Brenda that were racier than those in the newspapers. She send one such fan a drawing of Brenda going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, with the note "Is this daring enough?".
5Brenda Starr was named after a 1930s debutante, and her curvaceous figure and red hair were inspired by actress Rita Hayworth. Her beau, the mysterious Basil St John, was based on a handsome artist hired by Messick to do lettering. She had to fire him because he did a poor job.
6Long-running comic strip "Brenda Starr, Reporter" ran in 250 newspapers at its peak in the 1950s.
7Mother of Starr Rohrman of Sonoma County; grandmother of Curt and Laura.
8Married and divorced twice.Was seriously injured in a car accident.
9Cartoonist; created character Brenda Starr.



Brenda Starr1989characters
Brenda Starr1976TV Movie comic strip
Brenda Starr, Reporter1945based on the comic strip by



Funny Ladies1991DocumentaryHerself
The Lee Phillip Show1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
What's My Line?1955TV SeriesHerself - Contestant

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1I used to get letters from girl reporters saying that their lives were nowhere near as exciting as Brenda's. I told them that if I made Brenda's life like theirs, nobody would read it.

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