Get to Know Eugene Allen, the Inspiration Behind "The Butler"

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A Legacy Lives On

BET.com gives you a look into the life of former White House butler Eugene Allen, who served under eight U.S. presidents and is now the inspiration behind the movie The Butler, which hits theaters in August. Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, a character inspired by Allen's life, alongside an all-star cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo and Terrence Howard. Britt Middleton

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