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The original miniseries Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker drops Friday on Netflix, with Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Hidden Figures) in the title role. She plays Sarah Breedlove (1867–1919), an American entrepreneur, philanthropist, and political and social activist. She was considered the wealthiest African American businesswoman and the wealthiest self-made woman in America at the time of her death. Her professional name came from her marriage to Charles Joseph Walker. Also in the cast: Kevin Carroll, Tiffany Haddish, Garrett Morris and Blair Underwood.


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