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Fashion icon Donatella Versace has been working as creative director of the Versace Group since 1997.
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Today, Versace markets a variety of product lines, from home goods to perfume, clothing and furniture. The company even operates two hotels.
Versace married former model Paul Beck in 1986. The couple had two children together, Allegra and Daniel, before separating. Their son was named after a song by Elton John, a close family friend. Known for her wild partying lifestyle, Versace battled drug addiction after her brother's death. "I couldn't stand the pain," she told Vogue. "I had to hide my feelings. What better way to hide your feelings than with drugs?" After struggling with cocaine addiction for many years, Versace sought treatment in 2004.
A pop-culture icon, Donatella Versace was spoofed on Saturday Night Live in a series of sketches, with actress/comedian Maya Rudolph playing the designer. Versace seemed to have a good sense of humor about herself, even calling Rudolph to give her advice. In 2013, it was announced that Versace would be portrayed by Gina Gershon in an upcoming television movie on the Lifetime cable network, House of Versace.
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