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HBO Fetes Mickalene Thomas Film Celebrating ‘Mama Bush’ (photos)

 Filmmaker Mickalene Thomas (L) and HBO Documentary Films SVP Nancy Abraham attend the HBO screening of 'Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman.' (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Filmmaker Mickalene Thomas (L) and HBO Documentary Films SVP Nancy Abraham attend the HBO screening of ‘Happy Birthday to a Beautiful Woman.’ (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Filmmaker Mickalene Thomas was among celebrities and cast who attended last night’s (Feb. 20) HBO special screening of “Happy Birthday To A Beautiful Woman” in New York City.

The film focuses on runway model Sandra Bush, who dreamed of becoming the first African-American supermodel, only to struggle with addiction and despair.

But she later achieved celebrity as Mama Bush, the model for some of the best-known and widely admired paintings by her daughter, acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas, according to an HBO synopsis.

Thomas, in her film directing debut, paints a poignant portrait of her mother and artistic muse, presenting a tender look back at a lifetime’s worth of hopes, regrets and redemption.

Drawing on personal and archival photos, as well as intimate interviews, Mickalene Thomas’ vivid, loving portrait chronicles her mother’s personal and professional struggles, including a turbulent marriage, drug abuse and chronic illness.

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Mickalene Thomas Feted at Special NYC Screening
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