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Jennifer Hudson snags Winnie Mandela role in new movie

Speaking about the role, Jennifer said: “I was compelled and moved when I read the script. Winnie Mandela is a complex and extraordinary woman, and I’m honoured to be the actress asked to portray her. This is a powerful part of history that should be told.”

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Winnie married the political leader in 1957 and worked as a social worker, before becoming an outspoken opponent of apartheid following her husband’s 1963 imprisonment. The couple had separated before he became South African Prime Minister.

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In 1991, Winnie was arrested and convicted in connection with the murder of a 14-year-old government informant. In 2003, she was found guilty of fraud and theft of money from a funeral fund but has since re-entered politics.


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