Winfrey’s Life Story To Be Made Into Movie

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July 12, 2010 | 8:55pm EST

A tell-all book about TV queen Oprah Winfrey’s life is to be adapted into a movie.

Filmmaker Larry A. Thompson has acquired the rights to Kitty Kelley’s controversial book Oprah: A Biography and is turning it into a film – and the director admits he faces a challenge in finding the right actress toplay Winfrey.

Thompson says, “Oprah Winfrey’s fascinating journey from rural Mississippi to the world stage is packed with simple truths and complicated personalities…

“Casting someone to play Oprah will be the real challenge. We are planning to audition both known and unknown actresses.”

News of the project, to be released next year, won’t be welcomed by the talk show titan – she slammed the unauthorised tome earlier this year, branding it a “so-called biography”.

The book alleges Winfrey used drugs and embellished stories about her poverty-stricken background.