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|First appearance||Pep Comics #30|
|Portrayed by||Fran Ryan (Archie: To Riverdale and Back Again)
Sarah Habel (Riverdale)
|Voiced by||Jane Webb (The Archie Show, The U.S. of Archie)
Linda Sorenson (The New Archies)
|Occupation||Riverdale High School teacher|
Fictional history and character
In the comics, she is the no nonsense homeroom teacher at Riverdale High School, occasionally teaching English and math as well. In Jackpot Comics no.4, she is referred to as "Mrs. Grundy, the principal", but this is not correct. Her name is derived from Mrs Grundy, a name that has been used to refer to a prudish woman since the early nineteenth century. Before she became a teacher, she worked at a pickle-packing plant. During World War II, she served with the WACs, outranking Mr. Weatherbee. Despite occasional grumblings from her students, they seem to genuinely like and admire her. She, in return, tends to drive them hard, pushing Archie Andrews and Moose Mason in particular, but remains quite fond of her students.
Her first name is most often given as Geraldine. However, at least once, another staff member called her "Amanda".[volume & issue needed] She was also called "Alice" in at least one mainstream story.[volume & issue needed] In Archie's Double Digest (#41), she was revealed to be an alumna herself of Riverdale High School, and had run for class president, in a joke about the need to clean off the bulletin board. Her forename was given as "Elizabeth" in The Archie and Sabrina Hour, and as "Doris" in the animated series Archie's Weird Mysteries. In one story about Jughead's correct first name, it was revealed as Grisensnable.[volume & issue needed] In an earlier Archie book that listed the names of the characters, her name was also "Gertrude". Nevertheless, Geraldine remains her commonly accepted name.
In Life with Archie: The Married Life, Miss Grundy and Mr. Weatherbee realized how much they loved each other, and got married. However, in this alternative future, she died from kidney disease not long afterward, leaving Mr. Weatherbee a broken-hearted widower.
In "Archie Vs. Sharknado", a 2015 one-shot storyline, Riverdale becomes a central focus of a Sharknado 'cell' that threatens to devastate America. During the efforts to save the country Miss Grundy is killed by a shark.
In other media
In Riverdale, Miss Grundy is a much younger woman played by Sarah Habel. In the fourth episode of the series it is revealed that Grundy moved to Riverdale after changing her name from Jennifer Gibson after her divorce, to escape from an abusive relationship. Since then Grundy has moved from Riverdale to avoid police capture because of her relationship with Archie. When Betty is searching for Miss Grundy online, she finds a Miss Grundy who died years prior to the beginning of the series, with her obituary picture closely resembling the Miss Grundy of the comic book series.
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