Winnie Goodwinn – Salem, MA

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Winnie Goodwinn is a perky but dizzy blonde witch featured on the ABC fantasy comedy series FREE SPIRIT (1989-90). She works for a network of witches who provide public services to needy earthlings.

Winnie Goodwinn (Corinne Bohrer) was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1665. She has two family members: Her warlock father, and a beautiful sister named Cassandra who fell in love with Rob Harper on one of her visits. Winnie’s also had an old warlock boyfriend named Kevin whom she refused to marry years ago.

When a young boy named Gene Harper (10) wished for someone to take care of him, and his siblings Jessica (13) and Robb (16), Winnie the Witch arrives on the doorsteps of 33 Essex Drive in Connecticut (ala Mary Poppins) to become the family’s new live-in housekeeper.

Winnie’s tour of duty as a public service witch was just about to expire when Gene made his wish which detoured her to earth to help the Harpers.

With young Gene’s help, Winnie passes an interview with their father, Thomas J. Harper, a widowed private practice attorney, and she quickly begins to weave her magic in the Harper household.

All the children in the family soon learn that Winnie is a witch, but they conveniently keep that fact a secret from their work-weary father who’d like to spend more time with his kids.

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When magic was needed, Winnie was quick to oblige. If she needed tickets to a concert, they popped out of the toaster. Once, a woman wanted to marry T.J. so Winnie created a Truth Soup and served it a dinner. Of course, after that little dinner party, the women revealed her gold-digging intentions and quickly lost her chances with T.J.

Not all of Winnie’s magical intercessions went smoothly. Once, she accidentally split Rob into two personality’s: one good; and the other just pure evil. And during a Halloween party (Winnie hates Halloween) she accidentally made Jessica disappear. Luckily, the accident lets Jessica learn whom her real friends really were – and they weren’t the girls from the exclusive club (“Debs”) which she wanted to join.

Other Winnie goofs included serving up a cabinet of chickens when she really wanted eggs, and turning Jessica’s dates into monkeys.

Winnie Goodwinn
c/o 33 Essex Drive
State of Connecticut

Free Spirit (IMDB)
Free Spirit – Intro (Video)
Free Spirit – Episode – “Hallowinnie”

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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