History Lesson: Stars Who Played Historical Characters

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  • Don Cheadle
  • Zoe Saldana
  • Halle Berry
  • Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige
  • Madonna
  • Forest Whitaker
  • Benicio del Toro
  • Chadwick Boseman, Jackie Robinson
  • Salma Hayek
  • Will Smith
  • Denzel Washington
  • Morgan Freeman, Nelson Mandela

Angela Bassett and Mary J. Blige in Betty & Coretta (2013)

The two venerable stars were perfectly cast as civil rights sisters Coretta Scott King (Bassett) and Betty Shabazz (Blige) in this television movie. Though they only met once in reality, King and Shabazz were both as influential on the civil rights movement as their husbands were. 

(Photo: Courtesy of the Sanitsky Company)

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