It’s the Hollywood Cinderella story over three decades in the making. Angelyne has long left her neon pink mark on LA, staring down upon the city from her billboards and cruising its streets in her iconic pink Corvette.
But the blonde bombshell’s origin story remained an elusive mystery until a recent Hollywood Reporter exposé by Gary Baum revealed her identity as Renee Goldberg, a Polish immigrant and daughter of Holocaust survivors. The remarkable backstory is the basis of a new limited series from executive producer Sam Esmail (Mr. Robot) and Emmy Rossum. The latter will star as the billboard beauty before her reinvention as the first self-made celebrity.
“I have always been fascinated by the enigma that is Angelyne,” Rossum says. “At a young age, I can vividly remember staring up at her on a billboard above me and wondering, ‘Who is that woman?’ Gary Baum’s investigative journalism has finally unearthed the true, complex identity of the infamous woman who has fascinated Los Angeles for over 30 years. From the moment I read Gary’s recent piece, I knew I had to tell this story. It’s a poignant and bizarre tale about the hunger for fame, the sexualization of women and the erasing of past traumas.”
The limited series is a first for The Hollywood Reporter, who recently won an Emmy for their unscripted series, Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter.