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HBO's Elizabeth Holmes Film Rekindles Debate on Her Voice - Page 2

Literally: People want to know if she faked the baritone
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2019 2:48 PM CDT

  • Guide to the guides: If you're compelled to know more about Holmes, start with this New York Times guide. It points to early magazine articles (in which Holmes' lack of precision in describing her company's work now stands out), books (especially Bad Blood by Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou), the above-mentioned podcast, the documentary, and the coming movie with Jennifer Lawrence.
  • No blinking: Rolling Stone has a list of "weird" details in the documentary, including the fact that Holmes never seemed to blink when talking to people. The film also explores her ability to "cast a spell" on powerful older men. (Looking at you, Henry Kissinger.) The Cut, meanwhile, writes of a "truly unforgettable" scene that involves Holmes dancing to MC Hammer at a celebratory company meeting.
  • No interview: The film has no interview with Holmes herself, but Gibney tells Business Insider he exchanged multiple emails with her, unsuccessfully trying to get her to change her mind. The closest they came was when she had a five-hour dinner with one of the producers. "It was clear that Elizabeth saw herself very much as the victim," Gibney says. "That she was being scapegoated because she was a woman. That if this happened to a man nobody would have cared. I think that's bull----, but anyway, that was her point of view."
  • The obsession: At Vanity Fair, K. Austin Collins ponders why people can't seem to get enough of the Holmes story. Don't expect this documentary to end the obsession, however. "In the end, Holmes remains the complex, magnetic, repulsive, odd, completely watchable star of a thriller that’s ongoing. And the rest of us remain her captive audience."
  • The red line: Gibney tells CNET that if Holmes merely squandered investors' money, this wouldn't matter so much. But the Theranos deal to sell bogus tests to Walgreens would have jeopardized the lives of sick people. "It was when she put people at risk, that was the problem."
(Just before Theranos went under, Holmes thought a dog might help save the day.)

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