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Dakota Fanning Lives a 19th Century Scandal in 'Effie'

January 04, 2012

It was a love triangle that shocked Victorian England — a tale of passion and duty, tradition and freedom seething beneath corsets and waistcoats. Now it's coming back to life on screen, with a 21st-century behind-the-scenes drama thrown in.

"Effie," which features 17-year-old Dakota Fanning in one of her first adult roles, tells the story of the disastrous marriage between 19th-century art critic John Ruskin and his young bride Effie Gray. It was a train wreck of a union, a collision of opposites that ended after Effie fell truly, madly, scandalously in love with wild-eyed young artist John Everett Millais.

"It's the ultimate bad marriage," said Emma Thompson, the Academy Award winning actress and writer behind "Effie"`s screenplay. Read More