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2. Fashion Advice for Winona Ryder: Edwards believes she played a small role as an unofficial fashion adviser in 2002, when Winona Ryder faced shoplifting charges for leaving Saks Fifth Avenue with $5,000 in unpaid designer clothing.

"As a former fashion illustrator, the case was a dream for me, as it involved high fashion. I eagerly covered Ryder's couture looks, a new one every day. On her first day in court, the pixielike woman was dressed in a hot pink sweater and floral skirt -- more suited for a picnic than a grand theft trial.

"I mentioned this to one of her attorneys, and the next day, she wore a low-key black suit with a white collar."

If Ryder was taking Edwards' tip, the court reporter proved to have a magic touch. By the time the trial ended, she was featured in fashion magazines all over the world and on the cover of W Magazine wearing her famous "Free Winona" T-shirt.

3. Art Lessons for Robert Blake: Edwards says she typically has minimal contact with defendants. But at the end of Robert Blake's civil trial, the actor -- who spoke like "a Depression-era street kid" -- became intrigued by her.

"Hey, artist lady," she recalls him saying, "I been watching you. Your work's good. The other artists make me look like Gabby Hayes on a bad day."

Blake then showed the sketches he'd been drawing on legal pads throughout his criminal and civil trial, mostly wilderness scenes. "Fantasies like a Boy Scout who never went camping," Edwards recalls.

As it turns out, Blake honed his skills while incarcerated. "Gay prisoners showed him how to paint with Skittles," she says.

Apparently, when the colored candies are moistened, the food dye bleeds, and can be used like watercolor paint.

"My lawyer did nothin' for me," Blake told Edwards. "But I learned a few tricks."

4. Dolly's a Patron of Courtroom Art: In 1985, when Dolly Parton faced charges that she stole her hit "9 to 5," she came to court in signature Southern style with stiletto heels, "cute as a button and sweet as sugar."

While Dolly testified with guitar in hand to prove her song was an original, the highlight for Edwards came in the ladies room, before the verdict was announced:

"I like your drawings," Edwards recalls Dolly saying. "May I have one? I'll buy it."

Dolly then whipped out her checkbook and proceeded to use the lavatory, Edwards says. "It's the first and last business transaction I've ever conducted in the ladies' room."

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at "The Wolf Files" is published Tuesdays.

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