Georgina Orwell
Biographical information

Fatally cut by a sawblade (book)
Burned in furnace (TV series)



Physical description




Hair color

Blonde (books)
Brown, formerly blonde (TV series)

Skin color


Love interests

Count Olaf (formerly, according to the Netflix series)

  • Optometrist
  • Hypnotist
"Lucky, don't listen to your sister."
—Georgina to Klaus Baudelaire

Dr. Georgina Orwell was an optometrist living in the town of Paltryville. She is an antagonist in The Miserable Mill.

She is portrayed by Catherine O'Hara in the TV series, who previously portrayed Justice Strauss in the film.


Orwell can be viewed as a greedy psychopath and a twisted and evil woman, willing to manipulate others by using hypnosis, and even willing to throw Sunny Baudelaire into a furnace just so she can obtain the Baudelaire Fortune.


Dr. Orwell was an optometrist who had an eye-shaped office in the town of Paltryville.

Not only was she an optometrist, but she was also a skilled hypnotist in mind control, having hypnotized many people including Klaus Baudelaire in order to get what she wanted. Although it is likely that she was a genuine optometrist, it is unclear how often she works as a hypnotist as well. In the TV series, it is revealed that she hynpotized all the workers of Lucky Smells Lumbermill into becoming monotonous working drones who are complacent with earning gum and coupons instead of actual income. She tells her victims that they are extremely lucky to be working at such a wonderful lumbermill, and uses "lucky" as a trigger, hence the "lucky" in Lucky Smells Lumbermill. Because of this, one could theorize she is in cohoots with Sir.

She sides with Count Olaf, as they had agreed to split the Baudelaire fortune equally, before the Baudelaires arrived at the mill. Count Olaf disguises himself as a female receptionist Shirley.

Dr. Orwell was killed when she accidentally backed into a scrolling sawblade used for cutting wood. This buzzsaw was meant to kill Charles. However, in the TV series, she falls into a furnace and is burned alive. In the books, she has a swordfight with Sunny, which was likely removed in the TV series due to the sheer absurdity.

Orwell's death is investigated by Jacques Snicket, a writer of The Daily Punctilio, although he arrived at the lumbermill after the Baudelaires left.


Georgina with members of V.F.D.

She may also have been a former member of V.F.D., as the optometrist disguise described in Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography matches her appearance, however it appears that she is an actual optometrist. She wrote a voluminous book on optometry, which she donated to Charles' library, and was a great help with Violet's research on hypnotism. Interestingly, the book contains 13 segments, the twelfth of which is about hypnotism. The book uses extremely complicated words, words which Violet guessed the meanings in order to get information. The TV series adaptation makes it explicit that Dr. Orwell was a part of V.F.D.

Physical appearance


Fan art of Dr. Orwell as she appears in the book series.

In the novel, she was described as tall woman with blonde hair in a tight bun with big black boots on her feet. She wore a long white coat with a name tag that reads 'Dr. Orwell' and held a long black cane with a shiny red jewel on the top. In the same novel, she and Sunny had a swordfight in which Georgina pushed the red jewel on her cane, whereupon it instantly transforms into a sword.[1]

In the TV series, she is brunette instead of blonde. She mentions she was formerly blonde, a nod to the books. She wears large amounts of eyeliner.


  • Dr. Orwell's full name is Georgina Orwell, based on that of author George Orwell. The Big Brother eye and the hypnotism plot are links to Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four."




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