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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 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

Genres:

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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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

God Bless The Child
Written by Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr.
Performed by Fantasia Barrino
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The Fantasia story is an inspiration
7 September 2006 | by daricernSee all my reviews

Fantasia, you are an inspiration to me. You did a wonderful job acting. I am looking forward to seeing you more often on television. Thank you Debbie Allen for directing this wonderful movie. Fantasia, you are my American Idol! I do not care what anybody says. I will buy and support every CD or movie that you are in. I have had struggles in my past also and overcame them. Fantasia, continue to keep it real and be yourself. You are a beautiful person with a sweet personality. You deserve all the blessings that have come upon you. I was also happy to see Kadeem acting as Fantasia's father. You go Kadeem! The whole cast was wonderful. Debbie Allen, you are a wonderful director. Keep doing what you are doing. I will buy and support all your work also. I think America needs more movies like this because there are so many young people who needs to see inspiring movies like this.


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