Barkin May Get Revenge on Ex Via New Show

Actress creates series based on her life and divorce
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2009 4:22 PM CST
Ellen Barkin arrives at the CineVegas opening night premiere of "Ocean's Thirteen" at the Palms hotel-casino in Las Vegas on June 6, 2007.    (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – Ellen Barkin is producing and starring in an HBO pilot about a hot woman in her 50s "famous for her high-profile marriage, who divorces, and re-enters the singles market," the New York Post reports. Sound familiar? In 2006, Barkin's husband, billionaire Ron Perelman, surprised her with divorce papers and tossed her out of their New York mansion. It has not been, as they say, amicable.

Barkin got $60 million in the divorce and $20 million more from selling jewelry Perelman gave her, but putting a just-barely fictional version of her story on the small screen could be the ultimate revenge. "Her nerve and life experience allows her to tell the world to go screw itself, and they love her for it," the script writer said. (Read more HBO stories.)