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Lying to be Perfect (sort of a movie review)

1 Jan

A few weeks ago I was wandering around online, like you do, when I discovered that at some point years ago, Poppy Montgomery made a made-for-tv movie called Lying to be Perfect. Now, some of you may remember that Ms Montgomery was one of the actors in Without a Trace, which was a show I enjoyed very much for the first few seasons. I liked her in it and was happy to see her in something else, so I was all, “okay, let’s watch this movie.”

So I did and here is, more or less, what I thought.

Beware, though, there be spoilers ahead!

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“I can’t recognize starvation when I see it”

14 Jun

After posting the clip in the previous post, I meandered through the complex mazes of the internet until I landed on a series of interviews with Portia de Rossi (now Mrs Degeneres). The interviews were part of a media tour to promote the publication of Unbearable Lightness, her memoir.

During her interview with Oprah¹, several images of the cast of the very popular show Ally McBeal flashed through the screen. The images brought back a half forgotten, half formed thought: these women are too thin–way too thin. Pictures of Calista Flockhart at the 1998 Grammis sparked speculation that she was anorexic (which, as far as I know, she still denies)

Even more shocking were pictures of Portia de Rossi taken a year and a half later, at a time when this gorgeous 5’7″ woman weighted only 82 pounds. Shortly after, she landed in the hospital, with incipient organ failure. All this, while still shooting Ally McBeal until the show’s cancellation in 2002.

After watching the interviews, I searched a bit, and found this opinion piece in Jezebel’s Thinspiration². For me, the short post, published a dater after the Oprah interview aired, makes a case for social responsibility from the show’s cast, as it seems at least one other actress has admitted to extreme dieting³: Continue reading