January 18, 2006

Jessica Lange reviving ‘Sybil’ for CBS

By Nellie Andreeva

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Jessica Lange and Tammy
Blanchard will star in CBS' remake of "Sybil," taking on the
roles made famous by Joanne Woodward and Sally Field in NBC's
1976 adaptation.

"Sybil" is based on Flora Rheta Schreiber's best-selling
book chronicling the real-life treatment from 1954-65 of a
young woman who suffered from dissociative identity disorder,
better known as multiple personality disorder.

Blanchard will play the title character. After a suicide
attempt, she is introduced to psychiatrist Dr. Corneila Wilbur
(Lange). During their sessions, Sybil, who confides that she
frequently loses her memory and can't account for large blocks
of time, slowly remembers the physical, emotional and sexual
abuse to which she was subjected as a child by her mentally
disturbed mother. During 11 years of treatments, 16 distinct
personalities -- which Sybil had created to cope with the abuse
-- emerge, each varying in age and personal appearance.

Production is set to begin Monday in Nova Scotia,

Field won an Emmy for playing Sybil in the NBC version,
while Joanne Woodward secured an Emmy nomination for playing
Dr. Wilbur.

Lange has earned six Oscar nominations, winning in 1983 for
"Tootsie" and in 1995 for "Blue Sky."

Blanchard won an Emmy for her breakthrough role as young
Judy Garland in ABC's "Life With Judy Garland: Me and My
Shadows." She recently wrapped Robert De Niro's feature "The
Good Shepherd."

The movie will be directed by Joseph Sargent, who has been
Emmy-nominated in the longform category 11 times, most recently
last year for HBO's "Warm Springs." He has won four times.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter