DISPLEASED DONATELLA: Donatella Versace famously had no issues with being spoofed by Maya Rudolph on “Saturday Night Live,” actually calling the parody “hilarious.” The designer isn’t quite as lenient towards Lifetime’s original movie “House of Versace,” slated to make its debut on Saturday. Asked to comment on the film, the company said, “Versace has neither authorized nor had any involvement whatsoever in the forthcoming TV movie about Mrs. Versace.” The firm takes issue with the inspiration for the film, the 2010 book by Deborah Ball, “House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival.”
“Since Versace did not authorize the book on which it is based, the movie should only be seen as a work of fiction,” the fashion house said. The book centers on the struggles and the challenges faced by the designer after the murder of her brother Gianni Versace in 1997. Gina Gershon plays the role of Donatella Versace in the movie.
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This story first appeared in the October 3, 2013 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.