Whitewashing In Hollywood: Films That Cast Non-Blacks In Black Roles

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“Cleopatra” (1963)

Elizabeth Taylor was a legendary actress who took on many parts in her career, some to her benefit, others not so much. The later was the case in 1963 when she landed the lead role in “Cleopatra.” The film was marred with problems from the start. Originally slated to cost $2 million to produce, it ran over budget by $29 million and almost bankrupted the studio. The problems between co-stars Taylor and Richard Burton only made things worse, but the film ended up earning nine Oscar nominations and won four, despite the obvious lack of Egyptian presence.

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