Legendary singer Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes personally chose Zendaya as her fave for playing her in a film based on her memoir. All the details are still being worked out, but that would be amazing to behold if it happens!
Much the way that Aretha Franklin personally endorsed Jennifer Hudson to play her in the upcoming MGM biopic Respect, Spector chose Zendaya as the actress she wished to portray her in her early years. The singer grew up in Spanish Harlem and started girl group the Ronettes with her older sister Estelle Bennett and their cousin Nedra Talley. They were signed by famously volatile record producer Phil Spector to his Philles Records label and there they had their 1963 breakthrough hit “Be My Baby.” She married Spector and, as she writes in the book, it was clear she had made a big mistake when she woke up one morning to the sound of bars being installed on the windows of their mansion.
Her ex is currently doing time for murder, so it’s a good things she left! The Ronettes are best known for their hit “Be My Baby“:
They also won a Grammy for “Walking in the Rain“:
Here they are at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in 2007:
Sounds like a wild ride!
Image © Photoshot (Ronnie) / © Picture Alliance/Avalon.red (Zendaya)