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Judith Podell is now reviewing non-fiction for Publisher’s Weekly. In her spare time she channels blues legend Memphis Earlene Gray on www.memphisearlene.com.  Judith holds an MFA from USM-Stonecoast and lives in Washington, DC. She has reviewed books for numerous publications, including the Washington Post. An excerpt from her novel in progress, The Last of the Khazars was in the first issue of The New Guard Review of Literature: www.newguardreview.com.

JANE & NANCY: Couldn’t She Just Say No?  by Judith Podell

Jane Fonda has been tapped to play Nancy Reagan in upcoming biopic about the White House butler. (Yes, Jane Fonda, and no I didn’t read this in the Onion but on page 2 of the Wash. Post Style section. March 28 ). This feels wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to begin.

Is this just the latest example of Jane Fonda re-inventing herself to be cheerleader for the times? She was Barbarella in the 60’s, Hanoi Jane of the 70’s, Feminist turned Exercise guru of the 80’s, and Mrs. Ted Turner in the 90’s. Is this some form of public penance?

Meryl Streep sidestepped questions about Margaret Thatcher’s policies. She was only interested in Margaret Thatcher, the woman. I can’t wait to hear Jane Fonda’s tribute to Nancy Reagan, the woman.

There aren’t enough good parts for women in the movies, let alone older women so I suppose I should be grateful that my favorite movie stars can get work as right wing icons.

Future coming attractions: Susan Sarandon as Ayn Rand ?

(images: telegraph.co.UK; abcnews.com, awardsdaild.com)

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