Jason O’Bryan 8 a.m., Sept. 2
Who would you cast to star in a Diana Vreeland biopic?
This morning's telephone call from England got me thinking. Lisa Immordino Vreeland, director of Diana Vreeland: The Eye has to Travel, was on the line. When asked who should star as Diana Vreeland, the former pace-setting editor of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue, if and when Hollywood gets around to immortalizing her on celluloid, Immordino Vreeland cites Anjeclica Huston as the name most often bandied about.
"I think Anjelica would do a great job," Immordino Vreeland says. "She doesn't quite look like her, but she gets her."
The similarity stops at the cigarette.
It wouldn't be the first time Diana Vreeland was portrayed on screen. Nan Martin had a brief bit in the made-for-TV movie, A Woman Named Jackie. Next came Juliet Stevenson in the Truman Capote biopic, Infamous.
Marty's ex-squeeze, Illeana Douglas, took a turn playing Vreeland in Factory Girl.
Were the film produced 40 years ago, the choice of leading ladies would have been simple. Her underlings called Vreeland a witch to work for. Why not cast Margaret Hamilton, the First Lady of the Emerald City and Vreeland doppelganger, in the role?
We have a winner you say? Almost.
It took about 3 hours for it to come to me. Remember the woman who plays Floyd the Barber's wife in Billy Wilder's Kiss Me, Stupid? Or the annoying shopkeeper the Russkie hangs out to dry in The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming? Of course you do!
If only Doro Merande were alive today. There would be an Oscar in her future.
Among the living, author Fran Lebowitz would make a sweet Vreeland, but I doubt that anyone could convince her to take the part.
That leaves Mayim Bialik, TV's Blossom and Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.
Frankly, Lisa Immordino Vreeland packs so much information into her documentary, it could stand as the definitive cinematic statement on the life and times of Diana Vreeland. See it when the film opens October 5 at Landmark's La Jolla Village.
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