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Bettina Gilois, Emmy-Nominated Writer on ‘Bessie,’ Dies at 58

Bettina Gilois, an Emmy-nominated writer who worked on the screenplays for the Kevin Costner film 'McFarland, USA' and the Queen Latifah-starring HBO biopic 'Bessie,' has died. She was 58.

‘Bessie’: TV Review

Queen Latifah stars in this HBO biopic chronicling the career ups and downs, as well as the stormy personal life, of the Empress of the Blues.

Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg Join HBO’s ‘Bessie’ Biopic

"True Detective's" Tory Kittles has also been added to the cast of the TV movie based on blues icon Bessie Smith.