Academy-Award winner Octavia Spencer is heading to Netflix to star in a limited series based on the life of Madam C.J. Walker, the first black self-made millionaire in the United States. The series is based on the book “On Our Own Ground” by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s great-great-granddaughter and will also have LeBron James’ as an executive producer. 

Born to salve parents, Sarah Breedlove, famously known as Madam C.J. Walker, overcame countless obstacles to amass wealth and legendary status as both a successful business woman and a heroic history figure. Orphaned at age seven, Walker got married at 14 and became a widow as just 20. She spent two decades as a washerwoman, earning $1.50 a week. That all changed when she discovered a hair care formula that transformed the black beauty industry. When she passed in 1919, she left behind a massive beauty empire. 

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Octavia Spencer has been pursuing this role since she became aware of the project in 2016. “Black Nativity” director Kasi Lemmons will direct the pilot and will also be one of the executive producers. No perimeter date has been announced for the 8-part limited series. 

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