Doris Kearns Goodwin: Spielberg Options Her New Book on Lincoln

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Doris Kearns Goodwin has a fan in Steven Spielberg. Talking in yesterday's USA Today about her new book, "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," the historian revealed that the "Schindler's List" director has already optioned her book, and Liam Neeson will likely star. Described by a reviewer once as "the sequoia of sex," the Irish actor seems an odd choice to play Honest Abe. Or is he? Goodwin swears the 16th president had a sexy side. Gazing at a photo of Lincoln when he was 48, the author told USA Today she finds him strangely appealing. He looks "vital, alive, even sexy," she said. "I don't want to sound embarrassing, but he looks sensual."

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John Allan Wilson - 10/30/2005

If Spielberg wants to option a real historian, he should try to sign up Bruce Catton to a three picture deal.