Life Is Not a Fairytale: The Fantasia Barrino Story (2006)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  19 August 2006 (USA)
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Fantasia Barrino overcomes sexual abuse, illiteracy, and other setbacks and becomes the winner of "American Idol" in 2004.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Addie Collins
Joseph Barrino
Rodney Birks
Johnny Lee
Mr. Emanuel
Rico Barrino
Norman Nixon Jr. ...
Young Rico
Young Tiny
Toussant Duchess ...
Wanda Jean


American Idol's third season winner Fantasia Barrino plays herself in a television movie that shows how the teenage single mother overcame poverty, sexual abuse and illiteracy to win the hit talent show. "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story" will premiere in August 2006 on the women's cable channel, Lifetime Television. Written by Chuck Halley

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Director Debbie Allen has a brief cameo as a woman in sunglasses auditioning for American Idol. See more »


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Tear Jerker
20 August 2006 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

Well I must say that this movie was a tear jerker for me. Very well written and despite Fantasia not being "real actor", I'd have to say it was very well done. Image Award Performance...including the "hoochie" parts. Surrounded by a good cast didn't hurt. The cast, including the wonderful Viola Davis, I knew it had to be good. (Viola is the best crier I've ever seen, never fails to move me)...The scene where Fantasia enters the church....oh my goodness.......The scene in the kitchen with Fantasia, Viola and Loretta....Let's just say, get your box of tissues.... It was of no surprise me when Fantasia was the American Idol of 2004 and I think she will be the most remembered. As a matter of fact, a lot of us knew you won the minute you opened your mouth on American Idol....but back to the is a must see. Debbie Allen, you did a great job at this one. Please keep them coming...Please.

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