Big announcement from Oprah.
Her OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has acquired the rights to adapt singer Darlene Love’s memoir My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story into the network’s first original TV movie.
The scripted project will be executive-produced by Oprah Winfrey and filmmaker Morgan Neville, who’ll serve as executive producer along with Love.
Love, 72, was recently featured in a documentary,Twenty Feet From Stardom, directed by Neville. OWN will also air that, starting in 2015. The documentary features the story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century.
Love started her career right out of high school. As lead vocalist for The Blossoms, she was a regular on the hit 1960s TV show Shindig!, and toured the country as part of Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans.
Later, she sang backup for acts that included The Mamas and The Papas, Dionne Warwick, and Sonny and Cher.
As the OWN announcement notes, Love has collected lots of great stories throughout her career — from wild Tom Jones parties to Elvis visiting her backstage to her love affair with Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers.
Courtesy of USA Today