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

Fantasia Barrino overcomes sexual abuse, illiteracy, and other setbacks and becomes the winner of "American Idol" in 2004.

Director:

Debbie Allen

Writers:

Keith Glover (teleplay), Fantasia Barrino (book)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fantasia Barrino ... Fantasia Barrino
Loretta Devine ... Addie Collins
Viola Davis ... Diane Barrino
Kadeem Hardison ... Joseph Barrino
Chico Benymon ... Rodney Birks
Jamia Simone Nash ... Young Fantasia
JoNell Kennedy ... Barbara
Cedric Pendleton ... Johnny Lee
Julius Tennon ... Mr. Emanuel
Thomas Tah Hyde III ... Rico Barrino
Norman Nixon Jr. Norman Nixon Jr. ... Dwayne
Paul Amadi Paul Amadi ... Young Rico
Terrance Thomas ... Young Tiny
Deanna Dawn ... Ruby
Toussant Duchess Toussant Duchess ... Wanda Jean
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Storyline

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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Biography | Drama | Music

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Details

Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A História de Fantasia Barrino See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Technical Specs

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Color
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Trivia

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


Soundtracks

Summertime
Written by DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Fantasia Barrino
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Wow!
19 August 2006 | by binasingsSee all my reviews

I have a new found respect for Miss Fantasia! Not only did she do a wonderful job playing herself, but you are left inspired by her story.

This movie was well casted and directed brilliantly by Debbie Allen. Lorretta Divine is just that! Kadeem Hardison is a riot and adds comedic flavor to the mix. Viola Davis is a joy to watch as Fantasia's mother. Thomas Hyde III does a nice job in the supporting role of her brother.

There are wonderful musical segments that enhance the story as well-just enough that it doesn't take away from the plot.

This is something that you just have to see for yourself. I suggest you have a box of tissues next to you.


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