My friend Carolyn co-produced "The Duchess," a sumptuous look at the fascinating life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana Spencer Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. A celebrated beauty and socialite, as well as a political activist and gambler, she was reproached for her extravagant personal and political life.
I recently saw a portion of an interview with Keira Knightley, who lamented the press' comparison between Georgiana and her descendant, Lady Diana Spencer. However, the comparisons are great, both having been celebrated for their beauty, unhappiness in their marriages (which involved more than two people), extramarital affairs and political activism.
However, considering that Georgiana lived a century before women's suffrage, it's interesting to see the boldness with which she lived her life. It's also interesting to see how the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Starring the unfairly gorgeous Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes. And any way you say it, it's still spelled Ralph.
*UPDATE: The movie was released the weekend of Sept. 19 in limited release; to all theaters Sept. 26*