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A tribute to all the actors and actresses who have brought legends back to life through films.

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1. Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton

OWN announced that Toni Braxton is set to star as Darlene Love in the network’s first scripted TV film “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.”

2. Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in Mandela

3. Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela in Winnie

4. Will Smith

Will Smith

Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in Ali

5. Beyonce


Beyonce as Etta James in Cadillac Records

6. Andre 3000

Andre 3000

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

7. Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

8. Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It and Coretta Scott King in Coretta and Betty.

9. Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown

10. Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard as Gail Devers in Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story

11. Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ben Carson and James Robert Kennedy

12. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomn Northrup in 12 Years A Slave

13. Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington as Steve Biko in Biko and Malcolm X

14. Derek Luke

Derek Luke

Derek Luke as Antwone Fisher

15. Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood as Jesse Owens The Jesse Owens Story

16. Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen in The Butler

17. Imani Hakim

Imani Hakim

Imani Hakim as Gabby Douglas (ages 14-16) in The Gabby Douglas Story

18. Jamal Woolard

Jamal Woolard

Jamal Woolard as Christopher “Biggie” Wallace in Notorious

19. Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

20. Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King, Jr.

21. Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne as Hannibal Lee in The Tuskegee Airmen

22. Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker in the Josephine Baker Story

23. Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz in Coretta and Betty

24. Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station

25. Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron in the Blind SIde

26. Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson as Ken Carter in Coach Carter

27. Shirley Jo Finney

Shirley Jo Finney

Shirley Jo Finney as Wilma Rudolph in Wilma

28. Sydney Mikayla

Sydney Mikayla

Sydney Mikayla as Gabby Douglas (age: 7-12) in The Gabby Douglas Story

29. Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard as James ‘Jim’ Ellis in Pride

30. Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues