Stranger Than Fiction: Controversial Biopics

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  • Aaliyah
  • Winnie Mandela
  • Zoe Saldana/Nina Simone
  • Whitney Houston
  • Jimi Hendrix
  • TLC/Pebbles
  • George W. Bush/Oliver Stone
  • Lil' Kim
  • Evita/Madonna
  • Cleopatra/Elizabeth Taylor
  • Aaliyah/Whitney Houston

Nina Simone

Colombiana actress Zoe Saldana has been under fire after the public got word of her casting as the legendary musican Nina Simone in the tentatively titled biopic Nina. While the "Feeling Good" musician is not alive to share her thoughts, critics have criticized Saldana's casting, pointing out the management's decision to darken the actress's skin tone for the film.

(Photos from left: Jeff Vespa/Getty Images for THR, Courtesy of Legacy Recording)

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