Alexandra Lebenthal’s Book Optioned By Sony

Recessionista. (Getty Images)

Recessionista. (Getty Images)

Socialite Alexandra Lebenthal’s book The Recessionistas has been optioned by Sony for potential production: Ms. Lebenthal tells Page Six that she hopes Gwyneth Paltrow, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, and Bradley Cooper will star.

The Observer reported in 2009 that Ms. Lebenthal began writing on the urging of New York Social Diary editor David Patrick Columbia: “You know finance, you know society, you should be writing it all down.” For her part, Ms. Lebenthal said that Bernard Madoff had been the talk of her group of friends. “It’s all we talked about that night because half of us knew him!” This year, we ran into Ms. Lebenthal at a gala for the New York City Ballet, wearing a lavish teal gown with long tulle train (and matching hair ribbon the color of money). For a soi-disant recessionista, the lady looked extravagant: “My husband always fights with me because I yell at people for stepping on my train–but I love a train!”

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