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Toni Braxton to Star as ’20 Feet From Stardom’ Subject Darlene Love in OWN Biopic

Toni Braxton to Star as '20 Feet From Stardom' Subject Darlene Love in OWN Biopic

It’s been quite a journey for Darlene Love, the exceptionally talented vocalist who was recently one of the subjects in the Oscar-winning documentary20 Feet from Stardom.” Following an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011 and renewed interest after the documentary, OWN has announced a biopic.

“My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story” will star Toni Braxton as Love, who recorded a number of the best songs in Phil Spector’s catalog as a background singer (“Be My Baby,” “Da Doo Ron Ron”) and as a lead vocalist (“He’s a Rebel,” “He’s Sure the Boy I Love”), but never got credit for the latter, which was instead attributed to The Crystals. Love eventually set out on her own, gaining a following for her soulful voice.

The film is “being shepherded” by Morgan Neville, the director of “20 Feet from Stardom,” according to Variety. No word yet if R&B star Braxton will provide her own vocals or if the film will use Love’s original recordings, but it’s hard to imagine the music turning out poorly either way.

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Roger L. Chemel

Darlene Love did NOT sing background on the Da Doo Ron Ron. She stated on 17 Feb 2014 on CBS’s This Morning Show, that her voice is NOT on the DDRR. The DDRR was performed by The Crystals with La La Brooks as the lead singer. The background singers were Cher, Fanita James and Gracia Nitzsche.

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