The true story of a has-been biographer of celebrity lives who found a new career as a forger of celebrity letters.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)

Singularity Posted on May 1, 2019 in Examples.

That’s my  take for a pitching logline that focuses on the story hook.


My take on a development logline that lays out the plot:

Forced to sell her genuine celebrity letter to pay the rent, a failing celebrity biographer turns to forging celebrity letters when she realizes how lucrative the market is.  (28 words)

on May 1, 2019.

THe true story of ‘……….’ who after a long career in writing celebrity biographies starts forging celebrity letters.  So how much of her biographies are actually factual?

on May 1, 2019.

The movie was based upon the memoir of the writer Lee Israel.  Her celebrity biographies were factual, and one of them even made the New York Times best seller list.  But then she fell out of favor, couldn’t even get advances for new projects, and ran out of money.  That’s when she turned to forgery.

on May 1, 2019.
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I haven’t seen the film. But in reviews I heard she was nasty and craved the love fame gave her. So what about this?

A bitter once successful writer desperate to regain fame and the love of an audience starts forging celebrity letters to make ends meet. (But)

I think it needs and end on it.

Summitry Answered on May 2, 2019.
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I’ve seen the movie, and it’s true she was a difficult person to like.  And that’s the way she’s portrayed by  Melissa McCarthy.  (Fun fact:  she loved to play phone pranks.  She impersonated Nora Ephron once too often; Ephron got a cease and desist order against her.)

However, the way the movie plays out, she is not motivated by a lust for fame.  She’s portrayed as a writer who wants to get published, get her biographies read.  And when she no longer can, out of economic desperation she turns to forging celebrity letters.  She’s just trying to survive, make end meets.   And to do that by forgery entails maintaining a low profile.

Singularity Answered on May 2, 2019.
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