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Donatella Versace Reflects on the Death of Gianni 18 Years Later: VIDEO

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The NYT pays a visit to the studio of Donatella Versace, to discuss how she keeps the brand relevant, and the loss of her brother, which she still feels deeply:

"When my brother died, and the way he died, I had to show strength. I had to show, 'we're going to do it. don't worry.' I was living my pain in public, and I couldn't show my pain, to anybody. This office, this space we're in now, reflects really me, and my emotions. The ones I don't show to anybody...Nobody believes me but I'm not a very secure person. You know, I question everything I am. My vulnerability was always hidden. I was going home and crying, but closing the room, because I didn't lose the king of fashion, which he was. In that moment, I lost my brother."

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Donatella Versace Accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge: VIDEO

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Fashion designer Donatella Versace is the latest celebrity to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, challenging Pedro Almodovar, Pharrell, and Prince to do the same. Two blinged-out shirtless Versace models did the honors.

Donations raised for the ALS Association charity, which benefits care and research to fight the progressive neurodegenerative disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, have reached an astonishing $88.5 million.

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Larry King Asks Gina Gershon Why She's a 'Gay Icon', Playing Donatella Versace: VIDEO

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Larry King spoke with Gina Gershon on his Ora TV program  about her gay fan base and how she channeled Donatella Versace for this weekend's House of Versace Lifetime movie.

"I think gays like me because of Showgirls and because of Bound, those two movies...I dunno, spoke to them and they liked me from there.  And I think gays--when you have them as a fan base, they are loyal, extremely loyal -- I think after that, they were there."

She says she had a different of Showgirls going in than going out:

"Umm...you know, when I went into Showgirls, I was really obsessed with all his Dutch films, you know, Verhoeven's  Dutch films, so I thought it would be really dark and intense...you know, and then I got onto the set and I was like, Oh, wow, this is a different--it was like the Wizard of Oz, going from the black and white to the technicolor. I just thought it was funny, but then I realized I don't think everyone was thinking it was funny.  I just thought, 'Oh, the drag queens will love me after this show.'"

On playing Donatella:

"You know, I listened to everything. I went to sleep listening to her. I listened to her before. But you know, this is the Lifetime version of the movie, and I think sometimes on TV, you know, I guess they like you to be understood. If it were up to me, I wish we could have subtitles, cause sometimes she talks and everything is kind of mushing into everything else."

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See the House of Versace preview HERE.

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Gina Gershon is Donatella Versace in Extended 'House of Versace' Trailer: VIDEO

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This Saturday's must-see popcorn event is Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace in House of Versace which follows the fashion designer as she takes over her brother Gianni's company following his murder.

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Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace: PHOTO

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Here's the first image of Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace, from a new Lifetime movie, via the HuffPost:

The TV movie was written by Rama Stagner and directed by Sara Sugarman and is based on Deborah Hall's book "House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder and Survival."

Look for the film to follow Donatella as she struggles at her brother's company following his death.


Lady Gaga Talks ARTPOP, Says One of the Songs is About Donatella Versace

Lady Gaga talks ARTPOP with Just Jared:

Donatella_gagaI really love the lyrics to ARTPOP, the title track of the album. “We could belong together, ARTPOP” The words seem really simple but it’s through the creative experiences with my friends that we’re able to create this thing that go together – art and pop. It’s a reverse of what Andy Warhol began – this idea that you can take Marilyn off the canvas and put the canvas inside of her. It’s in our belonging together. The album is just a metaphor for love – the love that I share with my fans...

...I really had a love affair with electronic music on this album. I started out playing in clubs, so I don’t really want to leave that. I always like existing under ground and over ground at the same time. I spent a lot of my time song writing with Zedd, DJ White Shadow, Madeon. We spent a lot of time together listening to our favorite kinds of music. We made an album that we love and I certainly made a record that I’m really proud of. I know the fans will really love it because they love to dance at my shows and this will be a great live show.

She also says there's a track on her album called "Donatella", after Donatella Versace:

"...it’s not so much about Donatella as a brand as it is Donatella the person, about me as a person, that idea of what the public wants from you....Donatella, maybe she’s a bitch, maybe she’s too skinny, maybe she’s too rich, maybe she’s too out there. Or, maybe she’s brilliant, maybe she’s intelligent, maybe she’s strong, maybe she’s everything, maybe she’s Donatella.”


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