Taraji wants to be Diana

Taraji wants to be Diana

Biopic land is the main road to an Oscar. 

Published February 26, 2009

dianataraji Biopic land is the main road to an Oscar.  Sean Penn won for Harvey Milk, Jaime Foxx 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 and Motown.

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!

Written by Clay Cane

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