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The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright by Jean Nathan

The story of a woman who, imprisoned by her childhood, sought to set herself free through art. In 1957, the publication of her book The Lonely Doll, made model/author/photographer Dare Wright famous. The children's book told the story of Edith, a lonely doll until two teddy bears-a father and a son - come to live with her. The blonde, beautiful and creative Wright began her career as an actress and model and then turned to fashion photography before stumbling upon her role as bestselling author. But there was a dark side to the story: a father and brother lost in childhood, ill-fated marriage plans, a complicated, controlling mother. Edith Stevenson Wright, herself a successful portrait painter, played such a dominant role in her daughter's life that Dare was never able to find her way into the adult world. Only through her work could she speak for herself: in her books she created the happy family she'd always yearned for, while her self-portraits betrayed an unresolved tension between sexuality and innocence, a desire to belong and painful isolation.

Director Results

Director Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Julian Schnabel 50% 
  2. 2. Ron Howard 25% 
  3. 3. Julie Taymor 25% 

Cast Results

Dare Wright Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Gwyneth Paltrow 50% 
  2. 2. Nicole Kidman 25% 
  3. 3. Liv Tyler 25% 

Edith Stevenson Wright Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Sally Field 50% 
  2. 2. Jessica Lange 25% 
  3. 3. Meryl Streep 25% 

Blaine Wright (Dare's brother) Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. Peter Sarsgaard 40% 
  2. 2. Christian Bale 40% 
  3. 3. James Franco 20% 

Brook Ashley (Dare's friend) Total Votes: 4

  1. 1. Natalie Portman 75% 
  2. 2. Hilary Duff 25% 

Philip Sandeman (Dare's fiancee) Total Votes: 5

  1. 1. James Franco 60% 
  2. 2. Paul Bettany 40% 

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