I have been obsessed with biopics ever since I can remember. I even remember liking the 8 hour long movie Ghandi
when I was a kid! I loved A Cry in the Dark, Gorillas in the Mist,
and Reversal of Fortune.
I wanted to see any movie about real people. I also wanted to watch all the TV movies. Melendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills, Sybil, Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story, Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones
, and The Amy Fisher Story
were all my favorites. I love Drew Barrymore
in The Amy Fisher Story
. I watch this movie many times every year. Not sure why. The movie is not the best in the world, and yet I just can't get enough of it. I put it right up there with Showgirls
But I have also been obsessed with movies about rock stars. I would probably go see a movie about Kenny G if it was done right. The first movie I remember seeing about a rock star was La Bamba
. I probably had no idea who Richie Valens
was at the time. He was just the "La Bamba" Guy. I was 13 when La Bamba
came out but it was
one of my favorite movies. I was also obsessed with the Karen Carpenter Story
, which was released as a TV movie two years later in 1989. Cynthia Gibb
played the lead role. I was a bit obsessed with The Carpenters
. I still can't get enough of them. I find it to be the most tragic, depressing pop music ever. It seems like most of these movies all ended up with the star dying an early tragic death. I also loved Selena
starring Jennifer Lopez
. I was never a fan of her music until this movie, but it is actually Jennifer Lopez's best role and a pretty good movie with Edward James Olmos
as her dad. Angela Basset
played roles in two of my other favorites. She of course played Tina Turner
in What's Love Got To Do With It
and Katherine Jackson
in The Jacksons: An American Dream.
But she didn't stop there! She also played the mom of the Notorious B.I.G
. in Notorious.
She is for sure the queen of the biopic! She also ventured out into some non-music biopics. She played the wife of Malcolm X in Malcolm X
and Rosa Parks
in The Rosa Parks Story.
And you might or might not also remember her as Cheryl McNair in the movie Challenger