After making Emmy history, Zendaya chosen to portray Ronnie Spector in biopic based on iconic singer’s ‘Be My Baby’ memoir

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Karu F. Daniels, New York Daily News
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All eyes are on Zendaya now that she has made history at the 2020 Emmy Awards.

The 24-year old “Euphoria” star is reportedly attached to Ronnie Spector biopic in development.

According to Deadline, the life rights of the former 1960s pop music icon have been secured, as is her memoir “Be My Baby” — named for the 1963 song that became a chart-topping hit.

Discussions are underway for Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fairview” playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury to write the script.

The industry trade outlet reports that Spector selected Zendaya as the actress she wished to portray her in her early years — growing up in Spanish Harlem and fronting the Ronettes, which became one of the biggest girl groups of the era.

Published in 1990, Spector’s memoir was officially titled “Be My Baby: How I Survived Mascara, Miniskirts, and Madness, Or, My Life as a Fabulous Ronette” and was written with Vince Waldron. Later named by Rolling Stone as “one of the 25 best rock memoirs of all time,” the hardcover featured a foreword by Cher and an introduction by Billy Joel.

Spector, born Veronica Yvette Bennett, married notorious record producer Phil Spector and later battled him for the rights to her music in the subsequent divorce.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer had a career resurgence in 1986 with the Eddie Money Hot 100 hit “Take Me Home Tonight.”

Spector also served as inspiration for Mariah Carey’s history-making holiday classic “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

On Sept. 20, Zendaya, who is also a singer too, became the youngest actress to win Lead Actress in a Drama Series and the only second Black woman to win that category after Viola Davis in 2015.


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