Skating bad: Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan, and the insane true story behind Margot Robbie's new movie

01/13/2018

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Ahead of the premiere of her darkly comedic biopic I, Tonya, actress Margot Robbie revealed that she didn’t actually realise while reading the film’s script that her character was a real woman. That Tonya Harding, American figure skater turned infamous pop culture punchline, wasn’t just a fictitious caricature created in the brain of a screenwriter who had seen To Die For, Nicole Kidman’s murderous weather girl noir, one too many times.

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While Harding today likes to boast of being the first American woman to perform a flawless triple axel jump in competition, it’ll be...

For Brits who weren’t avid readers of the National Enquirer back in the mid-Nineties, her name might be somewhat meaningless. But Tonya Harding remains an integral part of modern US folklore, forever linked to a scandal that, like the murder trial of OJ Simpson, inexplicably fused together every facet of the fabric of America.

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