KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty ImagesJanet Jackson will executive produce a TV movie for Lifetime telling the story of 1920s New York City mobster, Stephanie “Queenie” St. Clair, the network announced.
Queenie was the first and only women gangster during prohibition, and was known as a notorious mob boss who ran multiple criminal enterprises in Harlem, New York. Her crime syndicate was said to have clashed with those of the Italian mafia, but she managed to stay entirely independent.
St. Clair was said to have lived a lavish lifestyle, making over $20,000 a year in the 1920s. She died in Harlem in 1969 at the age of 82 and spent her latter years as an activist for the black community.
Cicely Tyson played Queenie in Bill Duke‘s 1997 gangland crime drama “Hoodlum”. Director Kenny Leon is scheduled to direct the film.
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