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Octavia Spencer to Star as Black Haircare Mogul Madam Walker

Netflix said the series will detail the hostility, rivalries and tumultuous personal life that marked Walker's life

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    Octavia Spencer is bringing the story of black haircare mogul Madam C.J. Walker to television.

    Netflix said Sunday that Spencer will produce and star in a limited series about the outsized life of Sarah Breedlove, who was known professionally as Walker.

    The eight-episode drama is based on the book "On Her Own Ground" by A'Lelia Bundles and includes basketball star LeBron James as a producer.

    Walker became one of America's first self-made female millionaires by creating and marketing hair products for African-Americans at the turn of the 20th century.

    Netflix said the series will detail the hostility, rivalries and tumultuous personal life that marked Walker's life.

    Spencer is an Oscar-winning actress whose credits include "The Shape of Water," ''Hidden Figures" and "The Help."

    A release date for "Madam C.J. Walker" was not announced.