Monday, September 21, 2009
Just in time for moviegoers to prepare themselves for the Oct. 23 release of Amelia -- Mira Nair's eagerly awaited biopic about Amelia Earhart, with Oscar-winner Hilary Swank in the title role -- The New Yorker offers Judith Thurman's fascinating account of the legendary aviatrix and her final flight. The money quote: "There were, in fact, other famous female aces in the early decades of aviation. All of them were daring—some were said to be better pilots than Earhart—and many of them were killed and forgotten. If Earhart became an 'icon,' it was, in part, because women who aspired to excel in any sphere, at a high altitude, looked upon her as their champion. But it was also because the unburied come back to haunt us."