Here’s the story, as recounted by Stadtmiller in a chatty, self-deprecating piece on xo Jane: As a New York Post gossip writer, she slipped her card to the screenwriter at a 2010 Harvard Club event for his film “The Social Network.” He emailed her before she left the party, and on one of their couple of dates, he was horrified to discover she was planning a “takedown piece” on a Real Housewife.
If you’ve seen “The Newsroom,” you know where this ends – with Hope Davis playing a gossip columnist whom Sorkin carefully described to Stadtmiller as “‘Bad Mandy’ (as opposed to real Mandy).”What initially telegraphs as a, well, Sorkin “takedown piece,” unspools as something more. I am being Bad Mandy,” Stadtmiller writes, but then adds, “But, you know. Besides, if someone uses me in his writing, doesn’t it seem fair that I use him in my own? She describes their relationship as fairly transactional from the start – she has twice asked him about her writing for “The Newsroom” – and he was charmingly transparent (according to emails she shares in the piece) about using her as a character.
Her career has been eclipsed in recent years by reports of her substance abuse and erratic behavior.
A spokesperson for Sorkin has recently been trying to set the record straight, saying that they are in NO WAY dating!
Last season on “The Newsroom,” one of the chief antagonists was a trashy tabloid columnist based on a woman Sorkin dated briefly.
Once again he did this with her permission and in this case, at least, the Sorkin ex got an amazing column out of the public dressing down.
But one habit he has that doesn’t sit well with me is his tendency to write versions of or make reference to his ex-girlfriends in his shows.
This practice first became apparent to me when Sorkin based the female lead in “Studio 60” on his ex-girlfriend Kristin Chenoweth (of Broadway, “West Wing” and Pie Hole fame.) Sorkin did this with his ex’s permission but proceeded to take some vey public digs at Chenoweth (specifically her decision to appear on “The 700 Club,” her salacious “FHM” photo shoot and, most uncomfortably, her Christian faith).
Some people might think they are an odd couple, but she likens them to Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller," an insider told the Post.
Sorkin, 52, and Love, 49, started seeing each other a few months ago when she temporarily moved from New York to the Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.
“Gee, come to think of it, revealing completely private conversations I really don’t have any right whatsoever to reveal is pretty … On the one hand, it’s generally creepy to publish personal correspondence without stated mutual consent, and Sorkin, unlike Stadtmiller, didn’t publicly name names; on the other hand, his side of the deal involves far more money, visibility and public affirmation.