Gucci house, which debuted on November 24 and is based on a 2001 book, dramatizes the murder of Gucci’s heir, Maurizio Gucci. Three decades ago, Jeremy Irons – who played Rodolfo, Maurizio’s father, in the film – starred in another true crime story set in high society and won an Oscar for this film.
1990 The reversal of fortune, based on Alan Dershowitz’s 1985 bestseller, Irons, then 41, played Claus von Bülow, a Danish aristocrat accused in 1982 of attempting to murder his socialite wife, Sunny von Bülow (Glenn Close), via an insulin shot. leave her in a vegetative state. Von Bülow, who had an affair with opera actress Alexandra Isles, was found guilty and sentenced to 30 years.
But he appealed and hired Harvard law professor Dershowitz (played by Ron Silver) to consult in his defense. Dershowitz attracted a number of students, including Jim Cramer (later host of CNBC Crazy money) and future (and disgraced) New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. Von Bülow was acquitted in 1985, thanks to the testimony of eight medical professionals who said Sunny’s coma was not caused by insulin.
Not long after the free walk, he was mentioned on December 5, 1985, CHEAP , which notes that partygoers at a New York event celebrating Vincent Price were “retreating to the opposite side of the room” when von Bülow showed up.
This story first appeared in the November 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. Click here to subscribe.