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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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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 »

Connections

Features American Idol (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Pass Me Not
Lyrics' by Fanny Crosby and music by William Howard Doane
Performed by Fantasia Barrino
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Tear Jerker
20 August 2006 | by SRLReevesSee all my reviews

Well I must say that this movie was a tear jerker for me. Very well written and despite Fantasia not being "real actor", I'd have to say it was very well done. Image Award Performance...including the "hoochie" parts. Surrounded by a good cast didn't hurt. The cast, including the wonderful Viola Davis, I knew it had to be good. (Viola is the best crier I've ever seen, never fails to move me)...The scene where Fantasia enters the church....oh my goodness.......The scene in the kitchen with Fantasia, Viola and Loretta....Let's just say, get your box of tissues.... It was of no surprise me when Fantasia was the American Idol of 2004 and I think she will be the most remembered. As a matter of fact, a lot of us knew you won the minute you opened your mouth on American Idol....but back to the movie....it is a must see. Debbie Allen, you did a great job at this one. Please keep them coming...Please.


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