Northern Virginia, Female, Genre, Journalists, Showbiz

Lucille Fletcher
(March 28, 1912 - August 31, 2000)
Douglass Wallop
(March 8, 1920 - April 1, 1985)

3435 8th St S, Alcova neighborhood, Arlington, VA.

Fletcher was a novelist and screenwriter who worked in film, radio, and television. Her credits include the story "The Hitchhiker" (1941), later turned into both a radio drama by Orson Welles and a Twilight Zone episode, and the screenplay for the suspense thriller Sorry, Wrong Number (1948). Her nine novels include And Presumed Dead (1963).

Fletcher was married to Douglass Wallop (a second marriage for her, and a first for him). Despite her reputation as a master of mystery and suspense, she lived a conventional life, writing, raising her two children, and playing the organ in her Methodist church. She lived in DC from 1948 until her second husband's death in 1985.

Wallop, a novelist and Tony Award-winning playwright, is best known for the comic novel, The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant (1954), which he later adapted into the popular musical Damn Yankees. He is the author of 13 books, including he novels Night Light (1953), The Mermaid in the Swimming Pool (1968), Mixed Singles (1977), and The Other Side of the River (1984), and the nonfiction book Baseball: An Informal History (1969).

Wallop grew up in DC, graduated from The University of Maryland, and worked as a journalist.