Updated: Aug 1, 2022
More than 58 Grammy Awards ago, when Beyoncé was a triple-threat performer earning her stripes as a fresh and young actress. Somewhere between “Bills, Bills, Bills” and her iconic Oscars performance, Beyoncé built an acting career that has spanned 20 years of screen work. While waiting on her upcoming album Renaissance, let’s take a trip down memory lane.
1. Dreamgirls - Showcasing her dramatic range
Dreamgirls is a musical about a 1960s girl group called The Dreamettes. Beyoncé stars as Deena Jones, the lead singer of the group who is pushed to the background in favor of another member (played by Jennifer Hudson). The film was a huge success, and earned Beyoncé her first Golden Globe nomination.
2. The Pink Panther - demonstrating her comedic timing
Her performance in the movie earned her critical acclaim and helped to solidify her reputation as a top-notch actress as well as a singer.
3. Obsessed - showing she can handle action-packed scenes
In this Thriller, Beyoncé plays a successful woman who is targeted by an obsessive admirer (played by Idris Elba). The role was originally supposed to go to Ali Larter, but director Steve Shill decided that Beyoncé would be a better fit after seeing her in Dreamgirls.
4. Cadillac Records - highlighting her musical talent and impersonation skills
This drama is based on the true story of the rise and fall of Chess Records, the label that launched the careers of artists like Muddy Waters, Etta James, and Howlin' Wolf. Beyoncé plays Etta James in the film, and earned critical acclaim for her performance.
5. Austin Powers in Goldmember - Hilarious and sexy
Beyoncé's turn as Foxxy Cleopatra in Austin Powers in Goldmember was one of the highlights of the movie. She was funny, sexy, and completely stole the show whenever she was on screen. This performance showed that she could not only sing and dance, but also act with the best of them.
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