Talk:Mary Higgins Clark

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Former good article Mary Higgins Clark was one of the Language and literature good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.

Comment[edit]

I have to write a research paper for my pre-ap english class and I have not found sufficient information on Mary Higgins Clark. If anyone knows any good sites for information on her, please help!

He Sees You When You're Sleeping[edit]

Is there a reason why this is on the list twice? Anchoress 03:06, 12 October 2006 (UTC)


Uncertainty about year of birth[edit]

The year of birth varies between the translations of the article. Search the web doesn't quickly resolve the issue either. She seems to be born somewhere between 1926 en 1931. A reliable source is needed. Matthijs Sypkens Smit, 24 October 2006.

Clark's autobiography lists her birth year as 1927. Karanacs 16:04, 13 February 2007 (UTC)

GA Review comments[edit]

I have just a few minor corrections of note. In the Books section:

  1. Voices in the Coal Bin should be italicized in the 1993 listing for Milk Run and Stowaway.
  2. There is a missing closing paranthesis from the end of the listing for Mount Vernon Love Story. One should be listed after Aspire to the Heavens.

In the Television adaptations section:

  1. Clark's appearances are typed out slightly inconsistantly. Under Remember Me, the word "appears" is capitalized while under While My Pretty One Sleeps it is not. Also the word "starring" is capitalized under A Cry in the Night.
  2. Clark's first and maiden name are used twice in this section. In the rest of the article, save the very first mention, only her last name has been used. This should be edited to remove those two usages for consistancy.

I have a few suggestions as well.

  1. I would move the short stories out of the Books section completely to a separate section or subsection.
  2. There should be a wikilink to the article on True Confessions.

Otherwise, I will say that the article is very sound in writing. As a reader of her books, I found the whole article interesting to read, easy to follow and well written. I will pass your GA nomination and make the few minor corrections I listed above. Imzadi1979 07:45, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Reversions of changes from IPs beginning with 214[edit]

I have twice reverted almost identical changes from IP addresses. This is due primarily to the changes introducing violations of the WP:MOS. As this article is a Good Article, we need to be very careful that we do not willfully violate the standards. To that end, please do not add the following:

  • Single-year wikilinks (e.g. 1949), per Wikipedia:Manual of Style (links)
  • references to the subject of the article as "Mary" or "Higgins" or "Mary Higgins" or even "Mary Clark", per WP:MOSBIO#Subsequent_uses_of_names
  • Don't insert line breaks between the starting < ref> tag and its text, as this can confuse future editors.
  • It is acceptable to spell out numbers that are two words or fewer.

Thanks. Karanacs 21:58, 7 October 2007 (UTC)

GA Reassessment[edit]

This discussion is transcluded from Talk:Mary Higgins Clark/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the reassessment.

Starting GA Reaasessment. Jezhotwells (talk) 17:00, 3 July 2009 (UTC)


Checking against GA criteria[edit]

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  1. It is reasonably well written.
    a (prose):
    • The prose throughout is full of repeated phrases and needs copy-editing. I have made some minor copy-edits but it should be recast for clarity, good grammar and style. Phrases such as Creativity abounds in Clark's office verge on weasel wording. Clark continued writing even during these hard times. is clumsy. Jezhotwells (talk) 08:40, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
    b (MoS):
    • Basically ok - I am not sure about having her full married name in the infobox, better to have her writing name, I think
  2. It is factually accurate and verifiable.
    a (references):
    b (citations to reliable sources):
    • All RS
    c (OR):
    • no evidence of OR
  3. It is broad in its scope.
    a (major aspects):
    • OK
    b (focused):
    • Some sections jar such as In 1981, Clark happened to be in Washington, D.C. the day President Ronald Reagan was shot. Because she had a press pass she was able to join the media waiting to hear the President's prognosis. When the doctor finally arrived to start the press conference, Clark was one of the few people chosen to ask a question. What is the point of this section, is it neccessary?
    Clark dated throughout her widowhood, and underwent a "disastrous" marriage in 1978 that was annulled several years later. I wonder if this is necessary. If further details cannot be sourced, it might be better to omit it.
  4. It follows the neutral point of view policy.
    Fair representation without bias:
    • OK
  5. It is stable.
    No edit wars etc.:
    • OK
  6. It is illustrated by images, where possible and appropriate.
    a (images are tagged and non-free images have fair use rationales):
    • OK
    b (appropriate use with suitable captions):
    • OK
  7. Overall:
    Pass/Fail:
    • I would like a good hard look at the prose throughout - it is nearly there but in places it is clumsy and repetitive. Alls 3 dead links to fix. On hold for seven days. Jezhotwells (talk) 08:40, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
    Ok as no progress has been made I am de-listing this article - it can always be brought to WP:GAN at a later date. Major contributors and projects were informed when I placed the artcile on hold. Jezhotwells (talk) 13:17, 11 July 2009 (UTC)

We'll Meet Again[edit]

They made a film version - made-for-TV, I think - of We'll Meet Again. I am watching it this very second. It stars Laura Leighton and Brandy Ledford and was directed by Michael Storey. It goes for 100 minutes. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.157.3.37 (talk) 18:12, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

2004 You Belong to Me[edit]

I believe 2004 You Belong to Me needs to be removed. I believe the 1998 You Belong to Me is the correct one. Mommadealio (talk) 03:19, 19 February 2011 (UTC)

"divorced or annulled"[edit]

Unless annulment is a civil legal term, we can presume her second marriage was annulled, since she remarried, which would be illegal otherwise. Given her involvement in her religion and the award from the Pope, can we presume it was also annulled in a religious court? And is that relevant to a Wiki article? --Richardson mcphillips (talk) 01:45, 23 July 2012 (UTC)

Yes, annullment is a legal term and is not the same as a divorce. She could remarry after either an annullment or divorce (or, of course, the death of her spouse). We should never presume in an encyclopedia. It may have been the case that she got a civil divorce and a religious annullment. In any case, since we don't know which, it's arguably better to say nothing, and it doesn't seem like a critical detail. I reworded the section to eliminate the mention of how her second marriage ended. Vroo (talk) 06:43, 28 July 2012 (UTC)

thanks. and I meant "was divorced" instead of "was annulled", but you were too good to mention it. --Richardson mcphillips (talk) 04:49, 30 July 2012 (UTC)