Under the Radar DVD of the Week: 'Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story'
This week, the oddest DVD to appear on release lists is:
“Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story”
In this day of instant celebrity, when reality show “stars” can flash onto the pop culture scene one day and fade into oblivion the next, even the rare, incredibly talented ones can seem to pack a career’s worth of melodrama into a very few years, as demonstrated in “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story” (due out on DVD Tuesday).
This 2006 biopic, which aired on the Lifetime Channel, charts the rocky life story of the sultry, sassy singer who only two years before became “American Idol’s” third-season winner and quickly went on to release a platinum-selling album, “Truth Is,” that landed three songs on Billboard Magazine’s top five adult R&B chart.
In seemingly short order, Barrino published her autobiography, “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale,” which became a 2005 best seller; auditioned for a role in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls,” but lost out to another “Idol” contestant (Jennifer Hudson, who went on to win an Oscar), and made her Broadway debut in 2007 in a wildly celebrated performance as Celie in “The Color Purple.”
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