Octavia Spenser, Academy award-winning actress, will star as a black haircare pioneer in ‘Madam C.J. Walker’.
The eight-episode drama is based on the book ‘On Her Own Ground’ by A’Lelia Bundles’
The limited series will tell a true life story of Sarah Breedlove, who was known professionally as Walker.
Walker became one of America’s first self-made female millionaires by creating and marketing hair products for African-Americans at the turn of the 20th century.
Netflix said the series will detail the hostility, rivalries and tumultuous personal life that marked Walker’s life.
.@octaviaspencer will star in “Madam CJ Walker,” an eight episode limited series about America’s first black, self-made female millionaire. Kasi Lemmons will direct & EP the first ep of the series, which is executive produced by @KingJames and Spencer #TCA18 pic.twitter.com/0BKcEZnS80
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The rags-to-riches story will be co-executive produced by Spencer and LeBron James.
The Oscar-winning actress is known for films like ‘The Shape of Water’, ‘Hidden Figures’ and ‘The Help’.