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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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Series cast summary:
Joss Ackland ...  Sir Burton Rumsey 2 episodes, 1987
Martin Balsam ...  Marty Rose 2 episodes, 1987
Claire Bloom ...  Vicky Kelley 2 episodes, 1987
Gary Cady Gary Cady ...  Lucien Chambrun 2 episodes, 1987
Kirk Douglas ...  David Konig 2 episodes, 1987
Joel Grey ...  Aaron Diamond 2 episodes, 1987
Leigh Lawson ...  Uncle Morgan 2 episodes, 1987
Sarah Miles ...  Lady Sybil Rumsey 2 episodes, 1987
Mia Sara ...  Queenie Kelly / ... 2 episodes, 1987
Topol ...  Dimitri Goldner 2 episodes, 1987
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ...  Prunella Rumsey 2 episodes, 1987
Rosalie Crutchley ...  Grandmother 2 episodes, 1987
Kate Emma Davies Kate Emma Davies ...  Young Queenie 2 episodes, 1987
Albert Moses ...  Inspector Gopal 2 episodes, 1987
Abigail Painter Abigail Painter ...  Young Prunella 2 episodes, 1987
Ernest Clark ...  Sir Philip Wentworth 2 episodes, 1987


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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9 March 2013 | by VincentiuSee all my reviews

is it Merle Oberon portrait ? maybe. but the feelings is than it is far accuracy, scene for silhouette of American dream, melodramatic and nice. it has a lead virtue - the cast. Mia Sara does a splendid work in a role who remains clone of so many fragile characters. Joss Ackland is perfect bad guy and Kirk Douglas creates an interesting drawing of providential man. but, behind atmosphere, fight of ambitious young woman, it seems be not exactly a portrait but a mask. one of Hallmark films style, slices of pink novels, it is beautiful and touching first for a special public. window out of dusty reality, it is a large isle of fiction as diaphanous curtain for a dancer.

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10 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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El color del éxito See more »

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