Lauryn Hill

  1. Stacey Dash, Clueless, 1994.      New Jersey’s hip-hopper Hill was also seen for Dionne, best friend of Alicia Silverstone’s Cher… who explains they  “were both named after great singers of the past that now do infomercials.”  Hill went to the same school as Zach Braff, up for Josh
  2. Thandie Newton, Beloved, 1997.   It took mighty media maven Oprah Winfrey a full decade to get  Toni  Morrison’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel filmed – and then had to produce it, herself, and co-star with Danny Glover (already together in The Colour Purple). When Hill fell pregnant, Newton picked up another of the roles of her life – the titular, alien-like revenant of the daughter Winfrey killed to save her from slavery.   Newton brought her character to life, said Chciago citic Rogertt Ebert, “by always remembering that the tortured spirit inside was still a baby when it died.” Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers added  that unlike Streven Spielberg’s Colour Purple,  “Beloved doesn’t do your crying for you.” 
  3. Lucy Lui, Charlie’s  Angels,  2000.   Tele-tycoon Aaron Spelling decided to put Aaron’s angels on the big screen  (to help generate a new series on the small). His first new  trio: MTV discovery Jenny McCarthy, ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and 007’s Hong Kong martial arts superstar. Then, Drew Barrymore showed him how to do it. with the  third  of her numerous (canny) productions. Just look at the 25 girls she shuffled to find the right  angel Alex Munday: Aaliyah (“too young”), Asia Argento, Halle Berry, Lara Flynn Boyle, Helena Bonham Carter, Penélope Cruz, Kristin Davis, Jodie Foster, Angie Harmon (stuck on Law & Order),  Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Nia Long, Gwyneth Paltrow, Tiffani Thiessen, Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler, , Kate Winslet, Reese Witherspoon, Robin Wright, Renée Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones… And two singers: Lauryn Hill and another  Spice Girl: Victoria Beckham.
  4. Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born, 2017.

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