Jennifer Leewis

  1. Angela Bassett, What’s Love Got To Do With It, 1992. Finalists for Tina Turner to choose from for her biopic were Bassett, Halle Berry, Robin Givens, Pam Grier,  Whitney Houston (a crazy idea, but pregnant), Janet Jackson (crazier),  Jennifer Lewis (who finished up playing Tina’s Mama) and Vanessa L Williams.   Tina voted for Angela after seeing  her sing Proud Mary .  Even then, Angela submitted herself to intense work with dancing, dialect and physical training coaches. Tina sang the songs.  Of course. And Halle enacted Dorothy Dandridge’s life in 1998.

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