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Oprah Winfrey biopic: Who should play her?

I'm guessing the just-announced TV biopic adaptation of Kitty Kelley's Oprah Winfrey biography won't be one of the talk-show host's favorite things.

For one, the book was sort-of controversial, focusing heavily on Winfrey's love life and supposedly caustic business manner. Also, as eonline.com reports, plans are for a September 2011 release, coinciding with Winfrey's final syndicated episode (and daring to overshadow the big O's moment).

Winfrey, not-so shockingly, has not commented on the TV biopic news. Then there's the matter of who'll play Winfrey. Producers of the biopic have said they want to cast an unknown actress, but what's the fun in that?

b readers have suggested that Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama and Kenan Thompson should fill Winfrey's shoes. I have my own ideas. •••• Jennifer Hudson: OK, so Oprah doesn't sing. But Hudson can surely identify with Winfrey's rags-to-riches story.

•••• Robert Downey Jr. in character as Kirk Lazarus from "Tropic Thunder": Just so he can be a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude playing a beloved female talk-show host.

••• Viola Davis: The Oscar-nominee ("Doubt") kind-of looks like Oprah, and has the power-acting ability to get the job done. Fun fact: Winfrey wanted Davis' role in "Doubt." Awkward.

•••• Angela Bassett: Where are you, Angela? Time to bring that "What's Love Got to Do With It" drama.

•••• Queen Latifah: Honestly, you can see it happening, right? We're guessing Latifah's phone is already ringing.

•••• Mo'Nique (right): First, Oscar. Soon, Emmy? She'll be halfway to that EGOT.

•••• John Travolta: Oprah's Favorite White Boy can certainly do the drag it up — Winfrey style!

•••• Gayle King: Ha. Gayle wishes.

Robert Downey Jr photo by Paramount; Mo'Nique photo by AP

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