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

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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
Deanna Dawn ...
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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My story is I believe


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A História de Fantasia Barrino  »

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This is not a "Rags To Riches" movie. It's REAL!
21 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love, appreciate, and understand everything about this movie. My nervous anticipation was worth the wait. Fantasia, of course, had to ACT-out her role, even though, it was true-to-life. This is what made it even greater, because, she didn't seem to be ACTING! The Icon, Veteran Super Actress, Loretta Devine; with Veteran; Kadeem Hardison, along with that stadium security guard and the boyfriend (whom I've seen "somewhere"), all succeeded in making a movie that I hated to end. Even her Project single mom friends, schoolmates, and teacher were so real and non-acting like. This movie should be a great inspiration for ANYBODY to want to do better and strive for a better life. I'm especially happy for Fantasia and her family.

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