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Beyoncé Knowles



Primarily known as the most popular R&B singer of the late '90s and 2000s, Beyoncé Knowles has come to be known simply as Beyoncé. Only a few years after establishing herself in the popular consciousness as the new queen of R&B, Knowles was ready to expand beyond her immeasurable voice and larger-than-life stage presence. She set her sights on a movie career, first getting her acting feet wet at the age of 20 with the logical transitional project Carmen: A Hip Hopera, a modern-day version of the Bizet opera Carmen, produced by MTV in 2001.



Knowles soon made the transition to the big screen, spending the early 2000s alternating between comedy and projects rooted in her primary interest in music. She made her feature-film acting debut in 2002 with the blaxploitation-parody role of Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember, bringing exuberance to her over-the-top sight gags and Pam Grier-type dialogue. Having made her transition to film without disaster, Knowles next accepted a role in the 2003 low-profile musical comedy The Fighting Temptations, starring opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. Returning to comedy in 2006, the starlet unfortunately ended up with a dud, as the attempted revival of the Pink Panther franchise was a critical disappointment. Co-star Steve Martin was not well received in the role of Inspector Clouseau, made famous by Peter Sellers, but Knowles walked away from the project relatively unscathed.



Continuing her pattern, Knowles opted next for another musical film -- and this one would be by far the biggest of her career. She was cast in Dreamgirls, the highly anticipated big-budget screen adaptation of the popular Broadway musical -- providing a chance for her to stretch both her singing and acting abilities to the limit. She would be playing Deena Jones, the character based on Diana Ross in this film à clef about Motown girl group the Supremes. It was hard not to notice how Knowles (the greatest diva of her time) was playing Ross (greatest diva of her own time), who had, in turn, played Billie Holiday (the greatest diva of her own time) in Lady Sings the Blues. Ensuing buzz seemed to overshadow Knowles with excitement over the breakthrough performance of co-star Jennifer Hudson, but when the 2006 Golden Globe nominations were announced, both actresses were nominated -- Knowles for Best Actress and Hudson for Best Supporting Actress. Knowles moved forward, continuing to act in selective projects, like the period biopic Cadillac Records and the romantic thriller Obsessed. In 2013, she co-directed and co-produced Life is But a Dream, an autobiographical film that followed her backstage at several of her concerts.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life - An All-Star Grammy Salute
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet On The Run Tour: Beyonce And Jay Z
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Beyonce & Jay Z: Super Couple
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Pink: Staying True
  • Actor
2013
50% Mademoiselle C
  • Actor
2013
64% Epic
  • Queen Tara
2013
No Score Yet Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream
  • Executive Producer
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Beyonce: Life is But a Dream, Live in Atlantic City
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Beyoncé: The Ultimate Performer
  • Executive Producer
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Shine: An Unauthorized Story on Beyoncé
  • Actor
2010
19% Obsessed
  • Sharon Charles
  • Executive Producer
2009
No Score Yet Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!: Wubb Idol
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Beyonce: I Am ... Yours: An Intimate Performance at Wynn Las Vegas
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Beyonce: I Am... Yours - An Intimate Performance in the Encore Theater
  • Actor
2009
67% Cadillac Records
  • Etta James
  • Executive Producer
2008
No Score Yet Beyonce - The Beyonce Experience: Live
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Soul Divas
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Beyonce: B'Day Anthology Video Album
  • Actor
2007
78% Dreamgirls
  • Deena Jones
2006
No Score Yet Beyonce
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Rockin' the Corps
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Street Heat: Drugs on Music
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Party Tyme Karaoke - Girl Pop 5
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Drugs on Music: Cocaine City 2
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet 46664: The Event
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Donnie McClurkin Story: From Darkness to Light
  • Actor
2004
58% Fade to Black
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Biography
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Drugs on Music - Cocaine City 2
  • Actor
2004
42% The Fighting Temptations
  • Lilly
2003
No Score Yet Beyonce: Crazy in Love
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Beyonce - Live At Wembley
  • Actor
2003
54% Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Foxxy Cleopatra
2002
No Score Yet Carmen: A Hip Hopera
  • Carmen Brown
2001

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew
2015
  • Appearing
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet American Idol
2002-2016
  • Performer
No Score Yet Beyonce: X10
2014
  • Performer
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Performer

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