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Cast overview, first billed only:
T.V. Blake ...
Loren Freeman ...
Kim (Jackie's Costume Designer)
Patti Austin ...
Herself (Gospel Singer at Peaches' Funeral
Perry (The Deaf Rehearsal Pianist)


"Mockumentry" 60's diva Jackie Washington (her g-grandparents where George Washington's slaves). Jenifer Lewis is our leading lady with an incredible singing voice. Jackie is planning her comeback tour coinciding with Tim Curry as her interviewer. Famous faces are dishing the dirt on her, including Bette Midler, Whoopi Goldberg, David Hyde Pierce, Chris Rock. Written by Cheryl Rose

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14 June 1999 (USA)  »

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Jackie's Back: Portrait of a Diva  »

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Jackie's hit records: "Yield"; "Suki, Suki Mama"; "Boogie Ball"; "Workin' On My Last Nerve"; "Tore Up From The Floor Up: Live From Compton - All Her Greatest Hits"; "Love Goddess". See more »


Penny Marshall: Jackie's a diva.
Don Cornelius: I think, if you look in the dictionary for the word "Diva," you'd probably see Jackie's picture.
Eva Marie Saint: A diva is a very spoiled singer who lies... like Jackie.
Bruce Vilanch: It's a larger-than-life creature who can turn on a dime... or on a friend.
Diahann Carroll: It's a word that some gay man made up...
Howie Mandel: What is a diva?
Ethyl Washington Rue Owens: A dumb... ignorant... vicious--
[asshole bleeped out]
Ethyl Washington Rue Owens: And if that's what Jackie calls herself, she's right.
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Spoofs Mommie Dearest (1981) See more »

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Don't "Yield"--"Go" to your local video store and rent this!
1 June 2005 | by (Milwaukee WI) – See all my reviews

I just happened to rent this movie by mistake--but what a good mistake! My daughter was supposed to pick up "Hairshow" instead of "Jackie's Back" but they must have been right next to each other. I am a fan of mockumentary films because of the "spoof factor" and what could be more funny than the deadpan look on someone's face when they're being interviewed in "mock fashion". I was amazed to see the "cavalcade of stars" that were on the roster for this movie! Jennifer Lewis did a great job portraying Jackie Washington and Tim Curry was wonderful at the interviewer. I think the person who totally stole the show (besides Jennifer Lewis) was Whoopi Goldberg as her sister. She definitely played the part of being the scorned, upstaged, and overshadowed sister. I just cracked up when I saw the "afro pick" marks on Richard Lawson's ("The Milkman") head alluding to the fact that Jackie had stabbed him. The one hit song that she has "Yield Me With Your Love" was totally Motownish in nature and when David Hyde Pierce (Perry-the deaf piano player) got a hold of the music to play for her revival comeback it sounded like a "graduation march" which was hilarious! Anyone who is a fan of mockumentary films don't "Yield"-"Go" to your local video store and rent this! Kudos Robert Townsend, you've done it again!

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