Born on March 18th, 1970
From Newark, New Jersey
Blues singer Bessie Smith (Queen Latifah) rises to fame in the 1920s to become a musical legend.
In 1960s Baltimore, dance-loving teen Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky) auditions for a spot on "The Corny Collins Show" and wins. She becomes an overnight celebrity, a trendsetter in dance, fun and fashion. Perhaps her new status as a teen sensation is enough to topple Corny's reigning dance queen and bring racial integration to the show.
An HIV-positive woman (Queen Latifah) overcomes drug addiction and works for an AIDS outreach group.