Darwin LeOra Teilhet (May 20, 1904 - April 18, 1964) was an American journalist, advertising executive, mystery novelist, and film screenwriter and consultant. Born in Wyanet, Illinois to a Dutch mother and a father of French descent, Teilhet literally 'ran away to the circus' and worked as a juggler in a French circus as a teenager. Best known for his mystery novels published between 1931 and 1964, Teilhet also wrote a mostly column for Fortune magazine between 1932 and 1934. He served as an officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) (a precursor of the CIA) during World War II. While with the OSS, created propaganda in Washington, D.C. and then was transferred to London. After the war, Teilhet also worked as the executive assistant to the president of Dole Pineapple in Hawaii. In addition, he taught journalism at Stanford, worked as a screen writer in Hollywood.

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