Reese Witherspoon may portray Peggy Lee shown in this video since she acquired to rights to tell her story from the granddaughter of Peggy Lee and would probably both act and produce in the movie if it gets past the talking stage.
Witherspoon who portrayed June Carter in I Walk the Line would be an excellent choice to be Peggy Lee in the movie. They can’t make this movie soon enough for me but it will probably be 2012 before it hits the big screen if it is made.
The movie probably will go into the abuse that Lee suffered after her mother died and her father remarried a woman who was very cruel to Lee as evidenced by Lee’s own words in this paragraph from peggylee.com:
It all seems a long way from Jamestown, North Dakota, where Peggy was born Norma Deloris Egstrom. She was only four when her mother died and her father, a railroad station agent, began wandering. Little Norma was consigned to the care of a stepmother who would have frightened the Grimm Brothers. “She poured boiling water on my hands when I did dishes and used the metal end of a razor strap for beatings,” says Lee. “I’ve often wondered why so many great singers had so much grief and pain in their lives.
It may be a couple of years before this movie is shown once a contract to produce the movie is signed but this will be one movie I will make a point of seeing since I enjoy her music so much. Her rendition of Fever will never be forgotten plus the very sentimental Folks Who Live On the Hill. The song may be one of the best songs ever written and this video from 1981 when Lee was 61 shows her ability to tell a story in song as well as any singer past or present:
Peggy Lee singing the classic The Folks Who Live on the Hill in 1981 at the age of 61.