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The Courage to Love is a 2000 television history film starring Vanessa L. Williams, who was also the producer. The premiere was held 24 January 2000 on Lifetime. The film also stars Vanessa's children: Jillian Hervey, Melanie Hervey, Devin Hervey, and her brother Chris Williams. Filming began in August 1999 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and was scheduled to last two months.

The Courage To Love
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Written byHeather Hale
Toni Ann Johnson
Directed byKari Skogland
StarringVanessa Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Vanessa L. Williams
Running time95 min
Production company(s)Motion International
New Star Television
Original networkLifetime
Original releaseJanuary 24, 2000


Henriette Delille, a free woman of color, was born in 1813 into one of New Orleans' most prominent families. Her family assumed she would follow her mother and sister's path and become a mistress for a wealthy white man. However, Henriette had different plans for her life.


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