Reese Witherspoon to Star as Peggy Lee in Biopic

BY Alex HudsonPublished Aug 10, 2010

Back in 2005, Reese Witherspoon showed off her vocal chops with her Oscar-winning portrayal of June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. Now, the actress is get set to take on another music role, as she has signed on to play jazz singer Peggy Lee in an upcoming biopic.

Variety reports that the film is being produced by Witherspoon herself, along with Legally Blonde collaborator Marc Platt. The script is being written by Nora Ephron, who is best known for her romantic comedies When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail. Ephron will also direct.

The film will reportedly focus on Lee's "professional and personal life," although that's a lot of ground to cover. Lee, who died in 2002 at the age of 81, performed for 60 years. After making her break as a jazz/pop singer in the 1940s, she went on to win three Grammys, was nominated for an Oscar, and is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Lee was married four times and had one daughter. The deal for her biopic was reportedly negotiated by her granddaughter, Holly Foster-Wells.

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