Donatella Versace

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Buckle up, dahlings. Lifetime’s latest revered celebrity to get the Original Movie treatment is Donatella Versace in all her tanned, diamond-encrusted glory. House of Versace has given us the gift of Gina Gershon doing her impeccable slur as she portrays Donatella in the years after Gianni Versace’s (Enrico Colantoni) murder, as she attempts to rebuild the fashion house into its former glory. The reason it’s in shambles is because Donatella is the fabulous trainwreck we’ve all come to know and admire; drug addiction and her general craziness cause her to almost bankrupt the company, so she takes a little trip to rehab to strengthen back up before running the fashion house again (I imagine it’s like that wealthy women’s prison Lucille was stuck in during the last season of Arrested Development). Fortunately, it looks like most of her behavior wasn’t dependent on drugs, because we’re treated to sequences like where she tells preppy women on the street to buy Versace clothing because “your hussssbands will be happy.”

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Everyone has an image in their head of what a Lifetime Original Movie is. We think of them as starring washed up television actors who are giving terrible performances in overly schmaltzy stories centered on serious topics like domestic abuse and human trafficking. I mean, don’t we? Well, it looks like that standard operating procedure is changing over at the Lifetime Network, because THR has just released casting info for their upcoming biopic of fashion mogul Donatella Versace, and it’s actually loaded with great people. The movie is going to be called House of Versace, and it’s set to star Gina Gershon as the blonde-haired, tan-skinned head of the Versace Group, which she took over after her icon of a brother, Gianni Versace, was murdered in 1997. Gershon, in addition to being a lady who will likely look appropriately ridiculous in a bleach blonde wig, is still a damn strong actress who has given a great performance just as recently as last year’s Killer Joe, so this has to be seen as a real coup for the Lifetime Network—and she’s not even where the talent in this cast ends.

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