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Framing Britney Spears 

Her rise was a global phenomenon. Her downfall was a cruel national sport. People close to Britney Spears and lawyers tied to her conservatorship now reassess her career as she battles her father in court over who should control her life.


Samantha Stark


Liz Day (senior story editor)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Britney Spears ... Self (archive footage)
Liz Day ... Self - Senior Editor, The New York Times
Felicia Culotta ... Self - Britney's Friend, Former Assistant
Hayley Hill ... Self - Former Teen People Fashion Director, Britney's Former Stylist, 1997-2001
Nancy Carson ... Self - Children's Talent Agent
Kim Kaiman ... Self - Senior Director of Marketing, Jive Records, 1998-2004
Wesley Morris ... Self - Critic at Large, The New York Times
Dave Holmes ... Self - MTV V.J., 1998-2002
Kevin Tancharoen ... Self - Backup Dancer, Tour Director, 1999-2004
Brittain Stone ... Self - Photography Director, Us Weekly, 2001-2011
Daniel Ramos ... Self - Celebrity Videographer, 2004-2013
Joe Coscarelli ... Self - Pop Music Reporter, The New York Times
Vivian Lee Thoreen ... Self - Lawyer
Adam Streisand ... Self - Lawyer
Barbara Gray ... Self - 'Britney's Gram' Podcast Host (as Babs Gray)


Britney Spears hasn't been able to fully live her own life for 13 years, stuck in a court-sanctioned conservatorship. A new documentary by The New York Times examines what the public might not know about the pop star's court battle with her father for control of her estate. It also explores the fervent fan base that is convinced Spears should be liberated from the conservatorship, and re-examines the media's handling of one of the biggest pop stars of all time.

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Did You Know?


Producer-director Samantha Stark told Variety that the NYT did not approach Justin Timberlake for a comment on his treatment of the singer as they didn't ask a number of other people who appear in archival footage for comment: "Interviewees make points about the media coverage surrounding the breakup... Unlike other people who we did ask for comment, we don't make any allegations against Justin. We simply let the footage play." See more »


Features Dateline NBC: Britney Spears (2006) See more »


Oops!... I Did It Again
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Performed by Britney Spears
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I'd shave my head too if it was me
10 February 2021 | by sinahaase-960-743497See all my reviews

If the biggest losers of the world were making millions off of taking pictures of me, I'd shave my head too! I totally get it! An appropriate setting to take someone like Spears' picture would be when she's doing a freaking show. Buy a damn ticket and take your pictures there. NOT when shes out and about trying to just be a human being and buy some groceries. And definitely NOT following her to her home or ex's home just to freaking spy on her intimate privacy!!! What a joke. How can paparazzi photographers live with themselves? They're worse than annoying scamming telemarketers. All they care about is MONEY. Hey if she's posing for a photo op or on the red carpet or anywhere else that photographers are invited, then okayyyy!!! But yeah anyways, I blame any stress she had on them. Sure, maybe her emotions got away from her a couple of times, but that happens to me like 2x a week lol...no but seriously she's just a normal human like the rest of us who is talented and gifted and plenty of people cashed in on her life. Sad. Britney: I hope you are happy forever and I will always love your music :)

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