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Why Danish director Susanne Bier took on America’s most prominent women

June 8, 2022 | Per LA Times:

When award-winning filmmaker Susanne Bier was offered the job of directing Showtime’s limited series “The First Lady,” an epic telling of the momentous White House tenures of Eleanor Roosevelt (Gillian Anderson), Betty Ford (Michelle Pfeiffer) and Michelle Obama (Viola Davis), the challenge was apparent, but so was the pride in being asked.

“As a Danish person, to be able to touch the crown jewels of American history, it was like, ‘Whoa, this is a real honor,’” Bier recalled recently as she nursed an Earl Grey tea on the patio of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. “I have to treat this with respect, but also with a certain amount of liberty. And it was the right time to tell a strong female story.”


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