The film “Can you forgive me” is both a drama and a Comedy, and also a biopic. With it, he was shot on the eponymous book of memoirs of the main character of these dramatic and exciting events – American writer Leonore Carol Israel, or just Do that in the 70-ies – 80-ies did a terrific Scam with fake celebrity autographs.
Lee Israel was born in Brooklyn in 1939. She began her career as an independent author in the ’60s. In November’ 67 on the instructions of the publisher of Esquire, she interviewed Hollywood stars of the 20’s- 30’s Katharine Hepburn, for which she traveled to California shortly before the death of a star. After this career If we went up the hill. She then wrote a biography of actress Tallula Bankhead and journalist and television show participant Dorothy Kilgallen. The book about Dorothy was a huge success and even appeared in the list of bestsellers according to the new York times. Then the publisher gave her an advance in order that she wrote a book about the founder of the famous cosmetic brand este Lauder, thus, it had to be not authorized biography with a lot of unpleasant for Lauder details. Israel agreed. From Lauder was followed by several attempts to bribe Israel to abandon the project, but Lee refused. Realizing that neither Israel nor to negotiate with publishers is impossible, Lauder herself wrote the book about himself, and its release coincided with the release of the book of Israel. It was in 1985. Lee’s book was crushed by critics and turned into a complete commercial failure for her. Then Israel said, “I made a terrible mistake. Instead take a decent amount of women, which was as rich as Oprah, I have published very important book, which brought me nothing but losses and a bad reputation.”
After such a crushing failure since 1992, Lee’s career has gone into recession, and in addition, Lee began to abuse alcohol. The previously successful writer and the heroine of the film “Can you forgive me?”now, could no longer pay for modest housing, and lived in the full sense from hand to mouth. She tried to find at least some work, but she failed. It pushed the activities of a different kind, which she remembered more than his literary achievements. But Lee had a very close and loyal friend named Jack, who worked in the archive of a large library kinotochka.club. He showed various autographs of famous people, by that time deceased – actors and writers, and you did very good ones and sold them to collectors, in what is quite expensive – $ 400 per instance. But soon rumors spread that these are not authentic documents. Then she persuaded Jack to steal the originals, which he replaced with copies concocted by her, and their joint business continued.
All this lasted for about a year until in 1993 she became interested in the FBI, and Lee was arrested. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal and sell stolen property. During the investigation, Lee spent six months under house arrest, and in court received five years of probation. Later, Israel said that he was proud of his criminal accomplishments, especially the quality of the fakes.