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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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Comments

Mindy Ross Sept. 20, 2012 @ 10:01 p.m.

I think Anjelica would be a decent choice as well as the ones you picked. I think Lady Gaga might fit the bill if she wants a shot at movie stardom. It seems like it should be an actress and someone who is kinda artsy. Hilary Swank was the first person to come to mind. She doesn't look like Vreeland, but she can act and she isn't what I'd call beautiful. It more about someone who can bring the essence of the character to the screen rather than look just like her. Some of the best Elvis actors I've ever seen looked less like him but captured his spirit better than the look-alikes. I hope I'm making sense. I'm really tired and I've been sick with a cold. Good-night.

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Scott Marks Sept. 21, 2012 @ 6:31 a.m.

Where have you been, Min? Lady Gagreflex would be the perfect meeskite for the role!

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Ghost_of_dolores_hope Sept. 23, 2012 @ 8:11 p.m.

Robbie De Niro. But he's looking like Bernie Madoff these days!

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SurfPuppy619 Sept. 23, 2012 @ 10:10 p.m.

Bobbie- father time caught up to him.....

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