Life in Film: Beyoncé Knowles

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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)

 

 

For her acting debut, Beyoncé aims high as the lead in this hip-hopped TV version of the classic opera Carmen. As an African-American, she follows in the footsteps of Dorothy Dandridge who became the first Black woman nominated for a best actress Oscar (playing Carmen in the 1954 film Carmen Jones—a Black version of the opera).

(Photo: Courtesy New Line Cinema)

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