Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000)

Originally named "The Memoirs of Sally Hemings", this TV film is an interpretation of the historical relationship between President Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. Although no one knows for sure, this version suggests that there was love involved, and that they had a long-term relationship that resulted in children. Diahann Carroll portrays Betty Hemings, the mother of Sally.


Sam Neill ... Thomas Jefferson
Carmen Ejogo ... Sally Hemings
Diahann Carroll ... Betty Hemings
Mare Winningham ... Martha 'Patsy' Jefferson Randolph
Mario Van Peebles ... James Hemings
Rene Auberjonois ... James Callender
Zeljko Ivanek ... Thomas Mann Randolph
Klea Scott ... Critta Hemings
Jessica Townsend ... Maria 'Polly' Jefferson
Larry Gilliard Jr. ... Henry Jackson
Kevin Conway ... Thomas Paine
Amelia Heinle ... Harriet Hemings
Peter Bradbury ... Samuel Carr
Chris Stafford ... Peter Carr
Kelly Rutherford ... Lady Maria Cosway

Directed by Charles Haid
Written by Tina Andrews


Released on DVD in 2005 by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, and again in 2006 with new cover art.

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