Whoopi Goldberg movie "Sister Act" stole nun's life story, suit claims
Apparently, imitation isn't always the sincerest form of flattery. At least in the case of "Sister Act."
The Walt Disney Company and Touchstone Pictures are being sued for $1 billion — yes, with a "b" — by a nun who claims that her life story was stolen and used in the 1992 film "Sister Act."
In a suit filed in New York Supreme Court last week, Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely of the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary Convent in Harlem claims that "Sister Act" — and its 1993 sequel, as well as a stage musical adaptation — used "plaintiff's actual life experiences without her permission or authorization, thereby irreparably damaging her by depriving her of the windfall of financial gain reaped by defendants."
"The subplots actualized in the said motion picture 'Sister Act' and portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg are her real life experiences," the suit adds.
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Blakely sued Disney, as well as producer Scott Rudin and Sony Pictures, late last year over the matter, but had that suit voluntarily dismissed in January.
Disney has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.