The Deep Voice, the Black Turtleneck & the $1 Billion Lie: Why Elizabeth Holmes Is Endlessly Fascinating

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Anyone else feel like their entire social media feed has been obsessed with Elizabeth Holmes for years?

If that name sounds familiar to you, it’s not because she’s that girl from your hometown who just got engaged. And no, she’s not one of the students who got caught in in the college admissions scandal. She’s the inventor of Theranos, the reputedly $10 billion dollar company that was about to revolutionize the health care system…except it never did because it was all based on false promises, raising nearly $1 billion dollars by lying to investors.

The epic rise and fall of Theranos and Holmes, 38, has all the makings of a classic Hollywood tale: secret office romances, fake voices, lots of lies, lots of money and, of course, a compelling anti-hero at the center of it all.

And Hollywood has definitely taken notice, with the Theranos scandal receiving the pop culture version of an EGOT: It inspired a best-selling book (Bad Blood), the HBO documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, a hit podcast called The Dropout, and, of course, Hulu’s limited series based on said podcast.

The show is in contention for six awards at the 2022 Emmys, including Outstanding Limited or Anthology series, and star Amanda Seyfried was nominated for her portrayal of the controversial figure, proving not even Emmy voters can get enough of the Theranos story. 

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