OWN has picked a memoir to turn into its first scripted television movie. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that the network will adapt “My Name Is Love: The Darlene Love Story."
Darlene Love is a onetime backup singer who was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary “20 Feet From Stardom.” Love, who wrote the memoir, will also executive produce the OWN project, along with Oprah Winfrey and Morgan Neville.
"The fantastic life journey of music great Darlene Love is the perfect choice for our first original scripted movie," said OWN President Sheri Salata.
She added, “From her first hit song to her darkest days cleaning houses in Beverly Hills to make ends meet, to the triumphant comeback that made rock and roll history, Darlene is a true living legend who worked with many of the greatest talents in music, from Elvis Presley and Tom Jones to Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Bruce Springsteen."
Love may be best known for singing the 1962 hit "He’s a Rebel," which she recorded with the Crystals. She has also been known for "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home" and other holiday songs since being a part of the seminal Phil Spector Christmas album produced in 1963.
Here’s a clip of the Crystals singing "He’s a Rebel" back in the early 1960s — which has the group lip-synching to Love’s vocals but reportedly does not include Love on stage (see below for a clip of Love):
Here’s a more recent clip of Love performing "He’s a Rebel":