WEEK IN WOMEN: Biopic to Chronicle Cher’s Life and Career – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Cher is celebrating her 75th birthday with some big movie news.

The legendary entertainer, who turned 75 on May 20, will be the subject of an upcoming biopic from Universal.

Academy Award-winning writer Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, the upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon is set to pen the screenplay for a feature film about the life and career of the Oscar, Emmy and Grammy winner and fashion icon. The prolific screenwriter also penned the script to Cher’s 1987 thriller Suspect, which co-starred Dennis Quaid and Liam Neeson and was directed by Peter Yates (Bullitt, The Dresser, Breaking Away).

Roth will have plenty of material for a biopic on Cher, whose celebrated career has spanned a famed variety television show, several studio albums and concert tours, a Las Vegas residency and many movies, including her Oscar-winning turn in Moonstruck, her Oscar-nominated performance in Silkwood and roles in Mask, The Witches of Eastwick, Mermaids” and more. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.