Don’t men­tion The D*v*l Wears Pr**a, Mary!

Vogue pro­motes new Mary Pop­pins movie – but edi­tor bars ANY ref­er­ence to star Emily Blunt’s role in film that fa­mously par­o­died her

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - From Caroline Gra­ham

IT has been 12 years since she was bril­liantly – but bru­tally – par­o­died in the hit Hollywood film The Devil Wears Prada.

But Bri­tish-born Vogue edi­tor-in-chief Anna Win­tour’s fury at her por­trayal has clearly not mel­lowed over time.

Emily Blunt – who played a down­trod­den as­sis­tant to the icy mag­a­zine edi­tor with eerie sim­i­lar­i­ties to Ms Win­tour in the 2006 block­buster – fea­tures on the cover of December’s US Vogue.

She has also filmed a pro­mo­tional video for her in­ter­view, in which she talks about her role in forth­com­ing film Mary Pop­pins Re­turns.

But a press re­lease is­sued to pro­mote the in­ter­view car­ries a mes­sage in bold type: ‘The video is cleared for broad­cast so long as The Devil Wears Prada is NOT used in any ti­tling or nam­ing con­ven­tions as­so­ci­ated with the broad­cast.’

When The Devil Wears Prada was re­leased, Ms Win­tour re­fused to comment on claims that ‘ed­itrix’ Mi­randa Pri­estly, played by Meryl Streep, was based on her.

In­sid­ers said Ms Win­tour was ‘fu­ri­ous’ by the de­pic­tion of a tyrant who com­plains when her cof­fee is not the ex­act tem­per­a­ture, is­sues with­er­ing put-downs to her un­der­lings, and throws her fur coat at them when she en­ters the of­fice.

The film was based on au­thor Lau­ren Weis­berger’s 2003 best­selling novel.

Weis­berger has ad­mit­ted the char­ac­ter of the ‘dev­il­ishly dif­fi­cult’ mag­a­zine boss was based on char­ac­ters she met while work­ing as an in­tern at Vogue but has never con­firmed Ms Win­tour was her in­spi­ra­tion.

When Streep was asked last year in front of Ms Win­tour dur­ing a Vogue in­ter­view whether the Bri­tish jour­nal­ist was the in­spi­ra­tion for her ‘most chal­leng­ing char­ac­ter’, the Vogue edi­tor butted in to say: ‘No. No. We’re not go­ing there, Meryl.’

A source told The Mail on Sun­day last night: ‘Anna al­ways loathed her de­pic­tion in The Devil Wears Prada. She thinks it de­val­ues her as a woman and de­val­ues her ac­com­plish­ments.

‘She ac­tu­ally has a good sense of hu­mour. But she doesn’t have a sense of hu­mour as far as The Devil Wears Prada goes.’

In her Vogue in­ter­view, Ms Blunt talks frankly about how in­tim­i­dat­ing it was to fol­low in the foot­steps of Julie An­drews, who starred in the orig­i­nal 1964 Mary Pop­pins film.

DON’T EVEN GO THERE: Emily Blunt, right, with Anne Hath­away, left, and Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Left: Emily in the new Mary Pop­pins

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