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Oprah biopic based on Kitty Kelley book planned

- Associated Press - Monday, July 12, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - Oprah Winfrey's quarter-century run on daytime TV may be accompanied by a TV film dramatizing her life.

Veteran producer Larry A. Thompson said Monday the planned two- or four-hour Winfrey film will be based on Kitty Kelley's tell-all biography. Thompson says he has optioned it for six figures.

The TV project is expected to air in September 2011, which would coincide with the end of Winfrey's wildly successful weekday talk show.

Thompson has produced TV biopics about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Sonny and Cher.

He calls himself "a huge fan" of Winfrey and said he is shopping the project to networks he declined to specify. An unknown will likely be cast to play Winfrey.

The project was first reported by the E! News website.

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