First Look| Octavia Spencer as Madame C. J. Walker
The upcoming Netflix series titled, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker is based on the book, On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker by Walker’s great-great-granddaughter A’Lelia Bundles.
On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A'Lelia Bundles.
The daughter of slaves, Madam C. J. Walker was orphaned at seven, married at fourteen and widowed at twenty. She spent the better part of the next two decades laboring as a washerwoman for $1.50 a week. Then—with the discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women—everything changed. By her death in 1919, Walker managed to overcome astonishing odds: building a storied beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women and devoting her life to philanthropy and social activism. Along the way, she formed friendships with great early-twentieth-century political figures such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington.
Octavia Spencer as Sarah Breedlove/Madame C. J.Walker
Blair Underwood as husband C.J. Walker
Tiffany Haddish as daughter Lelia
Garrett Morris as Walker’s father-in-law
Carmen Ejogo as business rival Addie Munroe
Kevin Carroll as her lawyer Freeman Ransom
Bill Bellamy as Freeman Ransom’s cousin Sweetness
Produced by SpringHill Entertainment and Wonder Street in association with Warner Bros. Television
Directed by Kasi Lemmons and DeMane Davis
The Netflix limited series will be available to stream March 20!