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Reese Witherspoon to Play Peggy Lee

Reese Witherspoon has signed on to play Peggy Lee in Fox 2000's untitled biopic that will chronicle the American jazz singer's life story. 


The film is being written and directed by Nora Ephron.


Witherspoon acquired the rights to Lee's story when she met her granddaughter, Holly Foster-Wells, and though Wells was already inclined to grant Witherspoon the opportunity to develop a Hollywood depiction of her grandmother's life, the time taken advocated why she was the right lady for the task.


After her Oscar-winning role in “Walk The Line,” Witherspoon had a big chance of getting another great film on a legend.


Marc Platt, who has previously produced Legally Blonde with Witherspoon, will be producing the film.


Peggy Lee was one of the most multidimensional musical figures in American history, who  began her career singing on local radio shows, and after a successful gig at The Buttery Room in Chicago, she captured the attention of Benny Goodman, who invited her to join his band. She kicked off her career then, and composed famous songs like the Disney hit “Lady and the Tramp.” During her lifetime, she was nominated for 12 Grammy awards and won one for "Best Contemporary Vocal Performance" for the 1965 charm, "Is That All There Is?" She received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1999. Lee died in January of 2002 of complications from a heart attack. 


 

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