Friday, October 21, 2005

Theron May Get Another Oscar Thanks To Woman’s Struggles – And Pack Rat Ways

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Charlize Theron has a plum role in the new movie North Country, but the film based on a true story would have never gotten off the ground if it weren’t for Theron’s character’s pack rat ways.

That’s according to author Clara Bingham who penned the book, CLASS ACTION: The Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law (Anchor Trade), which inspired the movie.

Bingham says she spent “hundreds of hours” with the inspiration for Theron’s character, Minnesota mine worker Lois Jenson, in order to write her sexual harassment story, and says not only was she very forthcoming about her experience, Jenson kept ALL her records, notes, diaries, and letters in relation to the case.

In Bingham’s words, “She was a pack rat and I was thankful for that.”

The author says she was able to write a “fascinating and tragic story...a very dramatic saga” about the women of Eveleth Mines that she feels translated well to the big screen, adding, “I found the movie to be strikingly accurate.”

North Country opens in theaters today (Oct. 21) and Bingham’s book is currently on store shelves.

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