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Cate Blanchett to Play "Cancer Vixen"

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The actor who played both sides of the frame in Coffee and Cigarettes now follows Harvey Pekar in jumping the life-cartoon-life divide. From Reuters UK:
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Cate Blanchett is attached to star in “Cancer Vixen: A True Story,” based on an upcoming memoir of the same name by Marisa Acocella Marchetto, a cartoonist fashionista for Glamour and the New Yorker.

Marchetto’s autobiography, which has been generating buzz ahead of its release by Knopf on Tuesday, describes how she fell in love with a celebrity restaurateur and was planning their wedding when she was diagnosed with breast cancer and realised that she had let her health insurance lapse. Her friends — stylists, gossip columnists, designers — rallied around her as she wore killer shoes to chemo sessions and strove to get married on time.

Blanchett and her husband, Andrew Upton, are in talks to serve as producers of the Working Title Films project.

Blanchett stars with Brad Pitt in “Babel,” which opens October 27, and “The Good German,” which will be released December 8. She won an Academy Award last year for her supporting role as Katharine Hepburn in “The Aviator.”
Here’s Newyorkette on Marchetto’s book.

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