Eugene Allen worked as the White House butler for thirty-four years, serving eight presidents. Wil Haygood, author of acclaimed biographies of Sugar Ray Robinson, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Adam Clayton Powell, published a front-page feature on Allen in The Washington Post. Now the story is a movie, directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Join Haygood as he discusses Allen and the translation of the written word to film.
Wil Haygood is a reporter for the Washington Post. He is the author of "In Black and White: The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr." and "The Haygoods of Columbus."
Acclaimed biographer Wil Haygood recounts when he first met Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight presidents, and was introduced to an astonishing collection of museum-quality photographs hanging in a basement.
Wil Haygood, author of 'The Butler,' sheds light on the times that Eugene Allen--the longest serving White House butler in history--lived in. Haygood also explains why a star-studded cast was needed to portray this unique moment in American history.