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Winslet targeted to shine as Moon

Lorna Moon
Lorna Moon found success in Hollywood after leaving Scotland

The story of an Aberdeenshire writer who won over Hollywood in the 1920s is being scripted for a movie.

Lorna Moon wrote for the era's silent movies, and worked alongside stars such as Greta Garbo.

Born in Strichen in 1886, she crossed the Atlantic and found success. She also had three children by three men.

Director Alison Peebles is now writing the script for Dark Star, and would love someone such as Oscar winner Kate Winslet to star.

Moon was born as Helen Low in the Aberdeenshire farming community of Strichen.

Kate Winslet
Scottish director Alison Peebles can see Kate Winslet in the role

She later left for a new life in Canada, before deciding to pursue a writing and then Hollywood film career.

Ms Peebles said: "She heard about this wonderful thing that was happening, screen, films, and screenplays and thought 'I can do better than that'.

"She contacted Cecil B DeMille, he said 'If you think you can do better then come over and show it.

"It was amazing."

Dark Star would be named after one of Lorna Moon's most famous and most controversial books.

Some of the people of Strichen recognised themselves in it and were not impressed.

The director explained: "There is a hugely romantic story there, quite deep and quite dark, with the glamour of Hollywood, going from a tiny farming world.

"How exciting is that?"

Lorna Moon died in 1930 aged 44 and her ashes were returned to Strichen.

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