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Brockovich Has Identity Crisis

March 10, 2001

CHICAGO (AP) _ Erin Brockovich, whose fight against pollution in a California town inspired a movie bearing her name, says she’s having an identity crisis.

``Everyone, and I do mean everyone, now comes up to me and says, `So, you’re the real Erin Brockovich?‴ she said at the Anti-Defamation League Women of Achievement dinner Thursday, where she was the keynote speaker.

``I guess my name now is `The Real’ Erin Brockovich,″ she said.

Brockovich, who was portrayed by Julia Roberts in the Oscar-nominated movie, was a legal researcher when she discovered a massive cover-up of water pollution by the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. in Hinkley, Calif. The utility was eventually forced to pay more than $330 million in damages.

She said the movie has turned her life upside down.

``It’s hard to accept this attention for being honest and doing the right thing,″ she said. ``That makes me uncomfortable.″

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