17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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Maura Pfefferman from Transparent

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Seventy-year-old Maura is based on the parent of the show’s creator, Jill Soloway. Her Jewish father came out as transgender at 75 years old, and so Jill used this as her inspiration for a show that would tackle gender norms and sexuality. In an interview, she explained that the whole show is actually loosely based on her family. She said: “I’m just trying to be authentic and create characters who are real.”

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