Lena Dunham's New HBO Show Reportedly About Betty Halbreich, Fashion

   on February 01 2013 4:17 PM
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Lena Dunham -- filmmaker, director, and actress -- speaks during a one-on-one session at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Summit in Laguna Niguel, Calif., on Oct. 2. Reuters

Lena Dunham has reportedly agreed to begin work on another television show for HBO based on the life of Betty Halbreich, a giant of the fashion industry and longtime personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Dunham is set to work on the project with Jennifer Konner, executive producer of “Girls,” which has earned Dunham rave reviews among television critics. HBO has optioned the rights to “All Dressed Up and Everywhere to Go,” a forthcoming memoir by Halbreich, who has served as stylist and adviser to the likes of Katie Couric, Sarah Jessica Parker, Meryl Streep, and other major names among the media elite. Deadline described Halbreich as “part Angela Lansbury and part Lucille Ball.”

Dunham, 26, is fresh off the news that her work has won two Golden Globes and been nominated for five Emmys. She recently signed a $3.5 million contract with Random House to publish her first book, a collection of essays called “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned."

When the new season of “Girls” premiered this month, it attracted 872,000 viewers before slightly dropping to 866,000 the next week, as noted by Deadline. As it was during its first season, “Girls” has been embroiled in controversy -- but, unlike last season, the critics this year have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

In a column for the Huffington Post, the Basketball Hall of Famer-turned-TV critic dismissed the show as being too white, too sexual, and “too cutesy,” as well as for having poorly written characters.

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