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'American Idol' Winner & Grammy Nominee Fantasia To Star In Mahalia Jackson Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 3:25 AM
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Back when "American Idol" was still a novelty on these shores (and before the switcheroo of judging panel which now includes Steven Tyler for some reason), Fantasia (aka Fantasia Barrino on her driver's license) was easily one of the biggest sensations the show ever had. Her performances of "Summertime" and "Porgy & Bess" on the program drew raves, and at the age of nineteen, she became the youngest winner the show ever had at the time (17 year-old Jordin Sparks would later break that record). The success on the program vaulted her career leading to five Grammy nominations to date as well as starring role in the Broadway incarnation of "The Color Purple." And now, Fantasia looks to be making another big career leap.

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