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Catherine the Great, Billie Holiday, Wong Kar-Wai

17 July 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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1762 Catherine the Great becomes tsar of Russia, rules until her death 34 years later. Many actresses have played her since including icons as great as Jeanne Moreau, Catherine Deneuve, and Marlene Dietrich. (Kiera Knightley and Annette Bening both have been rumored for various new Catherine the Great projects but we'll believe those when we see them.)

1898 Berenice Abbott, a major figure in photography, an early Lgbt feminist, whose life spanned nearly the entire 20th century and would make a great biopic,  is born. We keep mentioning important women as potential biopic subjects to debunk the theory, perpetuated by Hollywood, that there are only Great Men worthy of movie treatment in history.

1899 Speaking of Great Man biopics »


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