Two Dollars and a Dream (1987)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography  |   Run Time - 56 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This documentary biography focuses on the life and career of Madame C.J. Walker. Born three years after the Civil War to former slaves, she parlays two dollars and a home-remedy hair product into a multi-million dollar business. Walker was an orphan at age 6, a mother at 14, and widowed by the time she was 20. She rose to become the world's first self-made millionairess. After her death, she left a third of her money to her daughter A'Lelia and the rest to charity. A'Lelia became a patron of the arts and was known as "the joy goddess of Harlem."