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Viola Davis to Play Congresswoman Barbara Jordan

by Melissa Silverstein
March 12, 2012 12:00 PM
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Barbara Jordan

Maybe this could be the one to put Viola Davis up on the stage on Oscar night with a win in her column.  Several reports state that Davis is circling to star in and produce a biopic on the trailblazing Texas Congresswoman -- Barbara Jordan.  Jordan was a  leader in the civil rights movement and was the first black woman elected to the House from the South.

She was also the first African American woman to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in 1976 and she keynoted it again in 1992.  Wikipedia says that she had a female partner for 30 years but was never out.  Davis will produce the film with her husband Julius Tennon and they have optioned the book Barbara Jordan: American Hero by Mary Beth Rogers.

Here is a piece of her keynote address from the 1976 convention

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  • karen in kalifornia | March 12, 2012 5:46 PMReply

    Come on now Ms Silverstein. You personally have ALREADY degayed Barbara Jordan.

    The actual quote from Wiki is "Jordan's partner of close to 30 years was Nancy Earl. Jordan met Earl, an educational psychologist who would become an occasional speech writer in addition to Jordan's partner, on a camping trip in the late 1960s.[2][3] Jordan never publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation, but in her obituary, the Houston Chronicle mentioned her long relationship with Earl."
    Somehow that turned into "she had a female partner for 30 years but was never out." What a disappointment. No way Earl is going to save her out of the swimming pool in the movie, huh?

  • grrljock | March 12, 2012 12:41 PMReply

    I was so excited when I read about this! Barbara Jordan is a legend in Texas. I can't think of a better actor to portray her than Viola Davis.

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