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|Paltrow to Play Sylvia Plath
- BBC films to make bio-pic of late poet
GWYNETH PALTROW is set to star as Sylvia Plath in a BBC-made cinema film on the poet's life and death.
Currently wowing West End audiences and critics in Proof, Paltrow was described as "perfect" for the part of the American poet by David Thompson, head of BBC films. "She has the right sort of fragility and vulnerability," Thompson said.
Plath killed herself in 1963 and much controversy still surrounds the American death. For years, vocal feminists laid the blame for Plath's death at the door of her estranged husband, Ted Hughes, perhaps the finest English poet of his generation. Hughes himself believed that the wrong kind of anti-depressants drugs led to Plath's suicide.
Despite the harrowing end to her life, Thompson is keen not to concentrate too heavily on Plath's death. "I think we can show that the marriage had many strong points and that the film can, in a way, be life enhancing," he said.