Actress Tasha Smith, who totally stole the show in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I get Married, has been tapped by famed casting director, Robi Reed, to bring Donna Summer’s life story to the big screen. Tasha and Robi let the cat outta the bag while appearing at the 2007 American Black Film Festival a few days ago. “It’s a movie we’ve been working on and we’re excited,” Tasha revealed. “We’re still in the development stages of it but I will be playing Donna Summer, it’s just telling her life story.” Summer, the legendary Academy Award winning singer known as “The Queen of Disco,” catapulted to the top of the 1970s pop music stratosphere with hit songs such as ‘Last Dance,’ ‘I Feel Love,’ ‘McArthur Park, and ‘ ‘Love to Love You Baby.’
Donna was basically the Beyonce of the 70s. Her face, voice and in your face sex appeal had never been seen before and she, along with Diana Ross were basically the only two Black women who had mass appeal in America and around the world. Donna Summer is definitely a forgotten pioneer who needs to have her story told. Hopefully whoever directs this project will do as good a job as was done with the Tina Turner biopic.
Check out page two for a clip of Donna at her best performing Last Dance.