17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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Piper Chapman from Orange is the New Black


The entire show is based on writer Piper Kerman‘s memoir, which detailed her own experiences in a minimum-security federal prison. She once explained that while some of the events are purely fictional, a lot of what happened with Piper is actually true. She explained: “The Netflix series is an adaptation, and there are tremendous liberties… You will see moments of my life leap off the screen, such as Larry Bloom’s proposal to Piper Chapman, [which] is not so very different from the way my husband, Larry Smith, proposed to me. There are moments in the very first episode, like when Piper Chapman insults Red, who runs the kitchen with an iron fist — that is actually very closely derived from what’s in the book and from my own life.”

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