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Gina Gershon transforms into Donatella Versace for Lifetime movie

Holy smokes, is it live or is it Memorex?

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Holy smokes, is it live or is it Memorex?



Actress Gina Gershon, 51, made a startling transformation to play fashion maven Donatella Versace in the upcoming Lifetime movie House of Versace, as these photos plainly show. That made us immediately think two things: 1) Wow, she really does look like Donatella Versace, and 2) Gina Gershon is 51?!?

“It’s movie magic — a little tape and glue,” Gershon told the New York Post about her onscreen look. “Her physicality is so different from mine; the way she stands and walks and speaks. It was a good exercise in concentration for me in trying to maintain that truthfulness.”

Gershon's makeup artist Kathy Kelso told the paper no prosthetics were used, but Gershon's nose and face were changed “using highlight and shadow and with different intensity for every stage of (Donatella’s) life.”

The movie, which premieres Oct. 5, follows Versace's troubles after her brother Gianni's 1997 murder, forcing her to become the labels head designer. Donatella, now 58, abused drugs and almost went out of business before her family helped her get back on track. That's an intimidating backstory for Gershon to try to emulate.

“Surprisingly enough we’ve never met, though we have a lot of mutual friends,” Gershonsaid. “I’ve played people before who are still living and I’ve always met them ... but I’m kind of glad I never met Donatella. She’s certainly a larger-than-life character.”

[Last modified: Thursday, September 5, 2013 2:47pm]


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