Stranger Than Fiction: Controversial Biopics

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Late actress Elizabeth Taylor took on the role of Cleopatra, the Queen of Egypt, in the 1963-released film Cleopatra. While her portrayal of the Egyptian queen was well-received by the public of the time, many modern Black critics and movie aficionados expressed offense to seeing a white actress being chosen to portray an Egyptian woman, which many say was Black. White actors playing characters of color would be an ongoing theme in Hollywood over the years.  

(Photos: Twentieth Century Fox)

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