Octavia Spencer to Depict Madam C.J. Walker in Upcoming Series

Oscar award-winner Octavia Spencer is slated to depict the first self-made female millionaire, philanthropist, and beauty pioneer Madam C.J. Walker in an upcoming television series. Co-produced by Spencer and optioned by Zero Gravity Management, the producers Beasts of No Nation, the series will be adapted from Walker’s bestselling biography written by her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles.

Bundles’ biography, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker,  tells the historic story of the self-made woman and namesake for Walker’s Legacy.

“I’m beyond thrilled at all the #BlackGirlMagic that has come together for the Madam C. J. Walker movie starring Oscar Award-winner Octavia Spencer”A'Lelia Bundles, Biographer and Madam Walker's great-great-granddaughter

“To have director Kasi Lemmons and screenwriter Nicole Asher working with my book makes me very proud,” continued Bundles.

Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, overcame many obstacles to pave the way for women of all races in finding entrepreneurial success. Orphaned at seven, married at 14, and widowed at 20, Walker spent a significant portion of her life laboring as a washerwoman before discovering a revolutionary hair care formula to treat hair loss. She is remembered for her business acumen and service to her community after the building her successful beauty empire, Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, from the ground up. She notably provided employment for thousands of women by training and dispersing them to sell her products from door-to-door. 

Spencer, who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Help, can be seen next starring alongside Taraji P. Henson and Janelle Monae in the feature, Hidden Figures, set to release Christmas Day. There is yet a release date or network announced for the miniseries

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