Nailed It: Biopics That Got It Right

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  • Will Smith
  • Halle Berry/Larenz Tate
  • Diana Ross
  • The Jacksons
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • The Temptations
  • TLC
  • Halle Berry
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Malcolm X
  • Straight Outta Compton
  • Angela Bassett
  • Ray Charles

Lady Sings the Blues (1972)

Signifying "vintage" at its best, Lady Sings the Blues saw iconic songstress Diana Ross portray legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday to multifaceted perfection. The film tackled Holiday's battle with drug addiction and even her run-ins with the law, but it all ended with her triumphant return to the stage at a sold-out show at Carnegie Hall. The movie was so well received that it managed to score more than $19 million at the box office, rare for its time, and earned Ross an Oscar nomination.

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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