There was no doubt Collins would one day switch gears from television to the literary. Clarissa was well read. In "Blind Date” and “A Little Romance,” the Darlings quote Robert Frost’s “Mending Wall” and the Shakespeare play Antony and Cleopatra. Later in life, she wanted to be a writer (and in the failed 1995 CBS pilot Clarissa Now, she almost became one). There’s reason to think Clarissa would grow up to write something like The Hunger Games. She had imagination. She had perspective. And she was a little angry. Collins followed the path instead -- but she never left her first proxy behind.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s entertainment editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. Growing up, he really wanted Clarissa's computer. Find him on Twitter: @misterpatches.