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Earlier this year we mentioned that Shirley MacLaine was lined up to play Coco Chanel in a new biopic of the designer's life. Well, here is the first picture of MacLaine portraying Mademoiselle Chanel, tweed suit and all. Chanel is to be the subject of more than one screen project this year, the other we already know, will star the delightful Audrey Tautou. In MacLaine's version, the two-part series chronicles the French designer's life and the many inevitable ups and downs. MacLaine plays the older Chanel, who made a triumphant return to Paris, after enduring a 15-year exile throughout World War II.

In accepting the role, the Oscar-winning actress reveals it was none other than her late friend, Audrey Hepburn, who originally suggested that she play Chanel one day.

"When we worked together, she said to me, 'You should think about doing Coco Chanel when you're older,'" MacLaine told W magazine. "That was in my 20s. I said, 'You should do Coco Chanel.' She said, 'No. You.' I've thought about it all that time, and then this came up. I couldn't believe it."

"What's wonderful about her [Chanel] is she's not a straightforward, easy woman to understand. She was born into poverty and would do anything to keep from going broke again," she added.

Coco Chanel, the two-part Lifetime series, is due to screen in the US in fall.

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