A half-caste beauty emigrates from India to Great Britain, pursues fame and fortune at the cost of personal happiness, and becomes a Hollywood movie star while suppressing the truth of her heritage.
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1987  
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 Sir Burton Rumsey (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Marty (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Vicky Kelley (2 episodes, 1987)
Gary Cady ...
 Lucien Chambrun (2 episodes, 1987)
John Carlin ...
 James (2 episodes, 1987)
Ernest Clark ...
 Sir Philip (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Grandmother (2 episodes, 1987)
Kate Emma Davies ...
 Young Queenie (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Bully (uncredited) (2 episodes, 1987)
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 David Konig (2 episodes, 1987)
Serena Gordon ...
 Prunella Rumsey (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Aaron Diamond (2 episodes, 1987)
John Grillo ...
 Johan Krauss (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Uncle Morgan (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Lady Sybil (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Inspector Gopal (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Horse Trainer (uncredited) (2 episodes, 1987)
Abigail Painter ...
 Bully Leader (2 episodes, 1987)
Geoffrey Rose ...
 Mr. Pugh (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Dawn Avalon / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Rob Spendlove ...
 Dickie (2 episodes, 1987)
Godfrey Talbot ...
 Joss (2 episodes, 1987)
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 Dimitri Goldner (2 episodes, 1987)
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In the early 20th century colonial India, young beautiful Anglo-Indian girl Queenie, who easily passes for white, lives with her caring Indian mother and stepfather. However, the local British aristocracy considers her tainted and often makes her life miserable. Her stepfather works as a sax player in the local elite British club which pays so well that his family can afford to enjoy the typical western upper middle class lifestyle. Unfortunately, Queenie's life is anything but easy and it's only getting harder. She's constantly bullied at the local British school for girls she attends by her racist female peers. The old creepy pastor who teaches the girls religion as well as English offers her some private lessons. Racially charged riots break out and her family's home is attacked. Corrupt racist British official and dirty old man Sir Burton Rumsey blackmails her for sex after he catches her stepfather with his socialite wife. Eventually, Queenie and her stepfather are forced to ...

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Based upon the life of Merle Oberon. Her first husband was Alexander Korda, uncle of Michael Korda who wrote the movie. See more »

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Melodramatic, but quite entertaining
27 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

Based on Michael Korda's bestselling interpretation of the life of legendary movie star (and his aunt) Merle Oberon, this 1987 mini-series chronicles the life of a young Eurasian woman (Mia Sara) who flees India to England, where she hides the truth of her past (including her role in the accidental death of an important British official back in India) to become a famous movie star. The script for "Queenie" is extremely melodramatic, and the time frame doesn't seem quite accurate (in part II, Queenie returns to India to make a movie that one character describes as "more expensive than Gone with the Wind"--meaning she and a large British-American entourage are trapsing across the globe to make a movie at the height of World War II!!!), but the show is quite lavish and, thanks to an energetic cast--especially the lovely Miss Sara--quite entertaining. There's also a fine score by Georges Delarue. Worth seeing if you come across it on television--I'd love to have it on DVD.


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