Lifetime’s Telling Donatella Versace’s Story

Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace in 'House of Versace'
Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace in 'House of Versace' (Photo by Jan Thijs-Copyright 2013 Lifetime)
Lifetime’s pairing up the original dramatic film House of Versace with the documentary Versace: Beyond the Headlines for a Versace-filled night on October 5, 2013. House of Versace is set to premiere at 8pm ET/PT followed by at 10pm by the documentary which focuses on Gianna Versace’s career in fashion. The documentary features interviews with fashion designers, police investigators, and friends of Gianna who talk about his life and murder on July 15, 1997 in front of his mansion in Miami, FL.
 
Lifetime’s original movie House of Versace was directed by Sara Sugarman (Vinyl) and written by Rama Stagner (American Dreams). The cast is led by Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace, Raquel Welch as Aunt Lucia, Enrico Colantoni as Gianna Versace, and Colm Feore as Santo.
 
The Plot:
 
Based on Wall Street Journal reporter Deborah Ball’s widely-read book House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival, the movie brings to light the story of Donatella, who, following the brazen murder of her brother, world-renowned designer Gianni Versace (Colantoni) at the height of his success, is suddenly thrust into the spotlight as head designer of his fashion empire. At first ridiculed by critics worldwide, Donatella falls victim to drug addiction and nearly bankrupts the company. With the help of her family, including daughter Allegra, Aunt Lucia (Welch) and brother Santo (Feore), she enters rehab to confront her demons and soon comes back stronger than ever to re-ignite the beloved Versace brand with her own vision and builds one of the most powerful and influential fashion houses ever known.
 
Source: Lifetime

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