Natalie Portman to direct, feature as identical twins in biopic based on columnists Esther, Pauline Friedman's rivalry
Los Angeles: Actor Natalie Portman is all set to star and direct a drama based on the real-life competing advice columnist sisters, Esther and Pauline Friedman.
The twin sisters, born in 1918 in Iowa, lived a relatively collaborative life until Esther was hired on by The Chicago Sun-Times as an advice columnist, sparking jealousy in Pauline. Pauline later got her own competing column.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the sisters had a bitter professional rivalry but led personal lives that were equal parts competitive, jealous, successful and loving.
They used the pen names, Abigail Van Buren and Ann Landers, for their respective columns that used to feature in many newspapers across North America.
Portman, 37, will play both the sisters in the film with TV series The Affair's producer and staff writer Katie Robbins penning the script, reported Variety.
Producers of the project would be Peter Saraf and Dani Melia of Big Beach Films.
(With inputs from Press Trust of India)
Updated Date: Aug 22, 2018 12:26 PM