The always-dependable Deadline confirms that HBO has reached a deal with Dunham and her Girls co-producer, Jenni Konner, to adapt the upcoming memoir by legendary Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich into a series. The book, All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go, will reportedly chronicle Halbreich's 36-year-long career as a dresser, stylist, celebrity confidant to names like Candice Bergen, Meryl Streep, Liza Minnelli, Sarah Jessica Parker, among others, and cornerstone of Bergdorf's high-class reputation.
Frank, sharp, funny, and infallibly fashionable, Halbreich is a dream role for any actress with the appropriate amounts of edge, grace, and comedic timing. Also, it would represent a move uptown for the very Brooklyn Dunham and, perhaps, a move in focus from 20-somethings to the over-60 set — something we'd certainly watch.
We wonder though — will this be a period piece covering her pre-Bergdorf years? Will Dunham give her Halbreich character a "Carrie Bradshaw"-type name (i.e. "Brandy Halbert")? Will the inevitable parade of celebs be fictionalized, or will we see guest turns by Liza, SJP, and others? When will it be here already? (Deadline)
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