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She is fol­low­ing in the cel­e­brated foot­steps of screen le­gends Janet Gaynor, Judy Gar­land and Bar­bra Streisand play­ing a young woman whose fame rises as her older lover’s fades.

The film is not out un­til Oc­to­ber 5 but crit­ics are al­ready tip­ping Gaga to be­come the first ac­tress to win an Os­car for the role.

They are im­pressed by the chem­istry be­tween her strug­gling singer­song­writer Ally and trou­bled coun­try mu­si­cian Jack­son, played by Bradley Cooper, who is also the di­rec­tor.

The duo even wrote many of the songs to­gether, per­form­ing all of them live and record­ing scenes on stage at Coachella and Glas­ton­bury fes­ti­vals.

Gaga, 32, who will be cred­ited by her real name Ste­fani Ger­man­otta, said: “I’ve al­ways loved to shape-shift and be­come dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. It’s part of my art­work and mu­sic.

“It’s a beau­ti­ful story and one that peo­ple will be touched by all over the world. It’s a story about love, about what Bradley would re­fer to as the hu­man plight and ad­dic­tion.”

This ver­sion of the rags-to-riches melo­drama draws on el­e­ments of Gaga’s own rise from New York school­girl to award win­ner, via co­caine ad­dic­tion, break-ups and ill­ness.

She said: “I’d talk with the writ­ers about my life, how the mu­sic in­dus­try sort of tries to bri­dle you once you get grabbed up by a big-time man­ager. But there are also some ma­jor dif­fer­ences be­tween me and Ally. When I started I was 19, I was fierce and like a fighter go­ing into the ring. Ally just gave up on her­self.

“I was not the most beau­ti­ful girl in the room. There were lots of women that were singers but did not write their own mu­sic like I do.

“No mat­ter what they asked me to do, I al­ways had to make sure it was done my way.”

Gaga has hard acts to follow play­ing the ris­ing star be­cause each ver­sion of A Star Is Born has breathed new life into the time­less tale.

The 1937 orig­i­nal starred pre-war golden girl Janet Gaynor, the first ever best ac­tress Os­car win­ner, and Frederic March, who won best ac­tor for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Au­di­ences were gripped by the tale of a farm girl and as­pir­ing ac­tress who shoots to fame af­ter meet­ing and falling in love with a fad­ing ac­tor. He spi­rals into al­co­holism as her star as­cends.

When he over­hears her plan­ning to quit show­busi­ness to care for him, he drowns him­self and she car­ries on in trib­ute to her lost love.

The story was ru­moured to have been in­spired by the rocky mar­riage of ac­tors Barbara Stan­wyck and Frank Fay.

It also had some sim­i­lar­i­ties to the 1932 film What Price Hol­ly­wood? which al­most led to a pla­gia­rism law­suit.

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HIGH THIGHS: Gaga at promo for new film WIN­NER: Kris and Bar­bra SWEET MU­SIC: Bradley and Gaga HANG­ING ON: Gaga meets singing le­gend Streisand EX­POS­ING FLESH: In her 2010 meat dress

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