R | | Biography, Comedy, Crime
When Lee Israel falls out of step with current tastes, she turns her art form to deception.
A pile of Lee Israel books ("Beyond the Magic", an unauthorized biography of Estée Lauder) are shown on sale at a bookstore for 75% off. Lauder was publishing her own memoirs and initially tried to pay Israel *not* to write her book, but she refused and rushed her book to publication. The autobiography was released in October 1985 and Israel's biography one month later. The book buying public chose to buy the Lauder autobiography rather than the Israel biography. Lee Israel later said she regretted not taking the money when it was first offered.
You were friends with Julia...
Jack Hock: Steinberg. She's not an agent anymore - she died.
Lee Israel: She did? So young.
Jack Hock: Or maybe she didn't die. Maybe she just moved to the suburbs - I always confuse those two. No, that's right. She got married and had twins.
Lee Israel: Better to...
When Lee is seen walking toward the 86th Street subway station, a sidewalk fruit stand is seen in the background. Fruit vendors were not common in New York until 2008, when the city's Green Carts program was implemented.
As the closing credits start, they move to the left side of the screen and information about the protagonists appears on the right.
$161,510 (USA) (21 October 2018)
$8,702,495 (USA) (21 February 2019)
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