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Livin' for Love: The Natalie Cole Story (2000)

The true life story of famed singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat 'King' Cole. Gripping drama of her struggle with addiction and living in her father's shadow while still maintaining her own celebrity status.

Director:

Robert Townsend

Writers:

Cindy Myers (teleplay), Natalie Cole (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Cole ... Herself
Diahann Carroll ... Maria Cole
James McDaniel ... Nat 'King' Cole
Randy J. Goodwin ... Marvin Yancy
Theresa Randle ... Natalie Cole
Michael Anthony Rawlins ... Chuck Jackson
Ted Whittall
Richard Sali Richard Sali
Clé Bennett ... Abdullah
Stephanie Sams Stephanie Sams ... Natalie Cole (8-11)
Andrea Lewis ... Natalie Cole (14--15)
Tyson Fennell Tyson Fennell ... Robbie (3)
A.J. Saudin ... Robbie (6) (as Faisal Sudin)
Kaashif Ford Kaashif Ford ... Robbie (13)
Alisha Morrison Alisha Morrison ... Cookie Cole (13-16)
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The true life story of famed singer Natalie Cole, daughter of Nat 'King' Cole. Gripping drama of her struggle with addiction and living in her father's shadow while still maintaining her own celebrity status.

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From her father's spirit came the strength to overcome and the will to love again.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Natalie Cole Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Young Natalie: [Maria is wrapping up gifts as Natalie comes in] Why didn't you tell me he was sick?
Maria Cole: Because he is going to be fine. Help me find the tape, Natalie
Young Natalie: How long has he been like this? Do the doctors know what he's got? Do you know how...
Maria Cole: [pounds on the table] WHERE is the tape, Natalie?
[Natalie goes to get the tape dispenser for her and bring it to her. She sits on the couch and Maria joins her]
Maria Cole: Thank you.
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Wonderful & Warm
23 November 2004 | by hilljayneSee all my reviews

I saw this film when it first premiered on TV around Christmas 2000. I was never much of a Natalie Cole fan until I saw this and now, I have lots of her albums! She is an inspiration to all of us who have struggled with addiction and failing marriages, etc. How great it is for a star of her caliber to have been so honest! Most interesting is her relationship with her mother. She's a great singer now I think she's a great human. Of her relationship with her mother she is so touching in the film when she says she had to accept her mother was "only human". I highly recommend this even if you are not a big fan. Also poignant is the part where "young' Natalie leaves rehab and we see the "real" Natalie.


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