OPRAH PROJECT: LARRY A. THOMPSON ORGANIZATION
MOVIE ON OPRAH WINFREY BEING MADE
BASED ON BESTSELLING BIOGRAPHY BY KITTY KELLEY
LARRY A. THOMPSON, VETERAN HOLLYWOOD FILM PRODUCER,
TO POSSIBLY CAST UNKNOWN TO PLAY OPRAH IN THE TELEVISION EVENT
Los Angeles, July 12, 2012 –The life of Oprah Winfrey, one of the most famous and influential persons in the world, is being made into a movie. Larry A. Thompson, acclaimed Hollywood film maker, is basing his story on the recent biography, Oprah, written by investigative reporter and international bestselling author, Kitty Kelley, and published by Crown Publishers, a division of Random House.
“Oprah Winfrey’s fascinating journey from rural Mississippi to the World Stage is packed with simple truths and complicated personalities,” said Larry Thompson. “Kitty Kelley’s extensively researched book offers us the factual foundation to frame our cinematic portrait of this powerful and beloved Icon. Casting someone to play Oprah will be the real challenge. We are planning to audition both known and unknown actresses.”
“Few Hollywood filmmakers are as experienced as Larry Thompson at understanding and dramatically exploring the emotional complexities of famous people,” stated Kitty Kelley. “That’s why I was pleased that he chose my book upon which to base his movie. Compelling biographies of great people must separate myth from fact and hype from truth.”
Both Thompson and Kelley have extensive experience in the biographical arena of the world’s most revered Icons. In addition to Oprah Winfrey, Kitty Kelley has written bestselling biographies on Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, England’s Royal Family, Nancy Reagan, and the Bush Family. Thompson has produced critically-acclaimed movies about Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz, Sonny & Cher, The Duke & Duchess of Windsor, and his most recent high-profile movie about Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton titled "Liz & Dick," starring Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor.
The agreement with Larry A. Thompson Organization, Inc. for Kitty Kelley’s book, Oprah A Biography, was negotiated by her agent, Wayne S. Kabak.
The following is a sampling of the overwhelming coverage the media has provided for the launch of our Oprah movie:
New York Post:
Kitty's O bio heads to TV
Nikki Finke's Deadline.com:
Oprah Biopic Gives Winfrey Cause For Concern « The Biz Blog
Oprah Biopic Based on Kitty Kelley Book Planned
NYPost/Who Should Play Oprah?:
Kitty Kelley's biography of Oprah being turned into a movie
Kitty Kelley's Oprah Biography To Be Made Into Biopic
Kitty Kelley's 'Oprah' book to become a movie
184,000 articles reported on Google Search as of July 6.
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About Larry A. Thompson Organization, Inc.
Thompson has managed the careers of over 200 Stars and produced 20 Movies for Television, 5 Motion Pictures, 2 Television Series, 9 Television Specials, various Series Pilots, and 1 Broadway Show. He recently produced the much anticipated Lifetime Movie Event “Liz & Dick” starring Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler. He also produced the highly acclaimed Lifetime Movie, “Amish Grace”; the ABC World Premiere "And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story"; CBS’s “Lucy and Desi: Before The Laughter”; and “The Woman He Loved” (The historical Royal romance of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor). Thompson was voted "Showman Of The Year" in 1998 by the U.S. Television Fan Association.
He has received the Industry’s prestigious Vision Award and his productions have won 2 Accolade Awards, 2 Imagen Awards, The Epiphany Prize, The Wilbur Award, The Christopher Award, and have received Nominations for 8 Emmys, 6 Imagen Awards, 2 Prism Awards, the Humanitas Prize, and a Golden Globe. He serves on the Advisory Board of Paulist Productions and The Delta Blues Museum. He is perennially listed in Who’s Who In America and Who’s Who In The World.