What did the wives think of the movie?
There were some very real portrayals of the wives in this movie. Vivica Fox, who played the role of Elizabeth ‘Mickey’ Waters was a prostitute at one point, supporting Frankie’s drug habit. Halle Berry portrayed Zola Taylor, a singer and Lela Rochon a school teacher. Though Frankie had long since passed away, the wives were still living when the movie was released and some had a chance to see the film. Halle said that she didn’t reach out to Zola because she didn’t want her version of the story to conflict with what Tina Andrews had written. But the woman who Lela Rochon portrayed, Emira Eagle, saw the movie, enjoyed it and even attended the premiere.