17 “Fictional” TV Characters Based on Real People

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Olivia Pope from Scandal


Olivia, aka “The Fixer,” was based on Judy Smith, the founder, and CEO of the crisis management firm Smith & Company. Like Olivia, she’s straightforward, she’s had several notable clients, and she worked closely with the U.S. president (George H.W. Bush). But there are also quite a few differences between Judy and Olivia. She explained: “There’s a long list. No sleeping with the president, moving dead body from crime scenes. My father didn’t run an undercover operation. But probably, like any good crisis communicator, you want to try to control the narrative.”

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