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A Reporter's Life Story on the Big Screen

Jacki Lyden (Bill O'Leary)

You may know Jacki Lyden from her many on-air years reporting for NPR ... but did you know that her life is the stuff of movies?

Lyden's 1997 memoir "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba" is about to get a big-screen treatment -- with Oscar nominee Amy Adams (of "Junebug" and "Enchanted") newly signed to play the D.C.-based reporter. Lyden (who is married to Washington Post staff photographer Bill O'Leary) will meet the hot-actress-of-the-moment next week.

"We think she is the perfect actress for this," she said. "She just falls into her roles. She's so natural."

Lyden's book spans her childhood with a mentally ill mother through her years as a radio correspondent in Chicago and overseas. She promises that the indie flick will be "a love letter to public broadcasting" against the backdrop of the mother-daughter story.

Producers Susan Cartsonis and Matt Williams (of "What Women Want") are still looking to sign another lead actress for the juicy role of Lyden's mom. The script is by Karen Croner, who adapted Anna Quindlen's "One True Thing" for the screen. Filming is expected to start mid-2009.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 26, 2008; 1:02 AM ET
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