Biopic land is the main road to an Oscar. Sean Penn
won for Harvey Milk,
won for Ray Charles
, Forest Whittaker
won for Idi Amin,
and so on. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair
, Taraji P. Henson
was asked what would be her dream role: "My dream role would be to portray Diana Ross
. I think it’s time to do her story. We’ve seen Dorothy Dandridge
’s story; we’ve seen Tina Turner
’s story. I’m ready to see Diana Ross. She’s such an icon."
Actually, I could see Taraji P. Henson as Diana Ross, especially on the heels of an Oscar nod. However, I think Beyonce
Dearest and the creators of Dreamgirls
ruined a biopic for Diana Ross -- in many ways, the story has already been told. Deena Jones, the character Beyonce played in Dreamgirls
receiving a Golden Globe nomination, was purely Diana Ross. In addition, the entire storyline was obviously based on Diana Ross, The Supremes
Diana Ross famously told ABC News that she hadn't seen Dreamgirls
, but, "Maybe I should go see it with my lawyer."
Unfortunately, Taraji might need to seek out some other biopics. I'd love to see films on Pearl Bailey
, Diahann Carroll
, Zora Neale Hurston
, Audre Lorde
and I hear Lena Horne
's biopic is still up for grabs. Oh - and who will be the one to bring Oprah
's life to the big screen?
There are so many stories to tell of great African-American women in history!