Octavia Spencer Limited Series ‘Madam C.J. Walker’ Nabs Netflix Pickup

Congrats, Octavia. Can’t wait to see this one!

The Academy Award winner will executive produce and star in this series about the first black, self-made female millionaire.

Netflix will tell the story of the first black, self-made female millionaire.

The streamer has given a series order to executive producer Octavia Spencer’s Madam C.J. Walker, which stars the Academy Award winner as Sarah Breedlove, a black hair care pioneer known as Madam C.J. Walker.

The eight-episode limited series, which hails from SpringHill Entertainment, Zero Gravity and Warner Bros. Television, will detail the untold and highly irreverent story of Walker and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first black, self-made female millionaire. The project is based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles.

Netflix vp original series Cindy Holland, who announced the pick up at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, noted that the series is part of the streamer’s larger goal “for the label of diverse content to become obsolete. There will only be great content.” She also announced onstage that Netflix has teamed with Alex Pina and the producers of The Crown on a new series.

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