Sunday, September 12, 2010

Movie Monday -- Biopics

Share movies featuring portrayals of real people and their life stories, linking back here at The Bumbles.

Here are three well-known ladies who disappeared into lives of women less familiar.

Susan Sarandon as Sister Helen Prejean in
Dead Man Walking. Susan Sarandon usually plays a modern woman in touch with her own sexuality, even if she's not especially introspective. As Sister Helen, she reverses it -- playing a compassionate nun who struggles mightily to understand everyone around her, almost all of whom are in unfathomable pain, while trying to figure out the right thing to do.

Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues. I have been a big fan of MIss Ross' for as long as I can remember, and I'm fascinated to hear her act while she sings in this movie. She dials her own Motown/girl group exuberance way, way back and her turns at the mic take on the anest
hetized quality that bespoke Lady Day's pain.

Reese Witherspoon as June Carter in Walk the Line. The comedienne from Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama was replaced by a three-dimensional woman under pressure -- making her way in a competitive profession while trying to live up to the expectations of a public who believed they knew her famous family and suffering through her love for a married man. She's both a church-going mother and a serious artist, as well as a love interest, in this movie and she's awesome.


  1. Good grief, I haven't seen any of those! You make Reese Witherspoon's turn sound amazing, though, and Dead Man Walking has been on my TBW pile for awhile.

  2. Love your choices! My fave listed is Witherspoon as June Carter :)

  3. I didn't know Dead Man Walking was a true story. That was a terrific movie and performances combined.

    Your musical choices made me think of Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It.

  4. Anonymous10:52 AM

    Dead Man Walking is one I still haven't seen. Loved Reese, but loved Joaquin more.

  5. All three are fantastic choices. Great!