FIRST LOOK: Patricia Arquette to star in ‘The Act’, the story of Gypsy Rose

Patricia Arquette to star in 'The Act', the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard

The Act - Hulu
The Act - Hulu

Last May we brought you the bizarre story of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose Blanchard which will now be coming to your TV screens again as a crime drama. This time it’s via Hulu who will bring the true-crime anthology series, appropriately named The Act, which will premiere on Wednesday, March 20.

The Act - Hulu
The Act – Hulu

Featuring Patricia Arquette and Joey King as the mother-daughter duo, The Act will roll out the this case of fraud, mental illness, child abuse and extreme Munchhausen syndrome by proxy, which we know as the “Gypsy Rose Blanchard story.”

Gypsy and Dee Dee: Source Facebook
Gypsy and Dee Dee: Source Facebook

The case has caught the attention of many after the airing of Erin Lee Carr, HBO’s documentary Mommy Dead and Dearest on HBO (click here for the trailer).

The documentary unravels how a small town Missouri mother, Dee Dee Blanchard (Gypsy’s mother) began her abuse from a very early age, convincing the little girl (as well as Gypsy’s father, Rod Blanchard, who has since remarried) that she had a litany of diseases, when she in fact was perfectly healthy.

Dee Dee would go on to choreograph a stunning performance and intricate scam that preyed on the hearts of many – and we mean many. From Disney to many seasoned doctors, Blanchard’s scam drew in trips to Disneyworld, a new house, hospital visits and several serious medical procedures – all of which little Gypsy did not need. Why? Because it was all a lie.

A scam of epic proportions.

However, that didn’t stop Ms. Blanchard from traipsing all over the country as well as social media, collecting gifts and charitable donations like they were going out of style. Blanchard’s full-time job was scamming thousands out of hard-earned cash like many have never seen.

Then Gypsy grew up and figured out that her entire life was a scam – or did she? This is the part of the story that took an even more bizarre twist that ultimately ends in murder.

The excitement is certainly growing for the show. Let’s see what social media is saying.

The Act premieres on Wednesday, March 20.

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