NATALIE PORTMAN is doing a movie about the twin sister gossip columnists 'Dear Abby' and 'Ann Landers.'
'Abby' was a pseudonym for Pauline "PoPo" Phillips, and 'Ann' was Esther "Eppie" Lederer. Esther took over the Ann Landers column in 1955, and Pauline launched the competing Dear Abby column a few months later.
Naturally, this caused the sisters to be estranged. Esther died in 2002 . . . and Pauline died in 2013. They did reconcile in the '60s, but remained competitors, and weren't close friends.
Natalie will play BOTH roles . . . AND direct the movie.
Natalie Portman will direct and star as twin sisters in the drama about dueling advice columnists Esther and Pauline Friedman https://t.co/KTMmx83ktA— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) August 21, 2018