Emmy Rossum squeezes into Angelyne's pink minidress to tell the story of the 'punk rock Barbie doll' billboard queen

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“Why should we know about people? Why should we want to know about your childhood if it’s not relevant to what you do now? When I was a kid, you wrote in your diary. It’s the polar opposite now: everything personal, painful, traumatic, you’re putting out there,” Freeman told The News.

“And I think, a lot of the time, you’re putting it out there under the guise of, ‘I’m a good, saintly person because I’m sharing my truth,’ ... but I think some things should be private.”

There’s a way in which Angelyne could have come off as naive or even privileged. You can’t walk around Los Angeles and pretend that you can make the bad go away by squeezing your eyes closed really tight. But she did.

“She chose to see the magic and the beauty in things and living in this kind of fantasy world,” Gage told The News. “Everybody had the idea that it wasn’t real but we wanted to escape as well.”

Rossum described Angelyne as “a punk rock Barbie doll meets Marilyn Monroe meets Betty Boop/Hello Kitty with a little bit of Barbarella.” Eventually, she was replaced by Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. But Angelyne, for as long as she could and no matter how fake it may have been, brought joy to a dark world.


“Whatever we see in her is the truth for us. That’s what icons do: They serve to speak to something that strikes a chord within us,” Rossum told The News.

“She’s a beacon of pink positivity and life. She’s the ultimate fantasy. She’s rad.”


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