Debra Martin: 'Sparkle' producer talks career and remembers Whitney Houston

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Debra Martin may not be a household name, but she is responsible for hit movies like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and Just Wright. Her latest project is the musical Sparkle, which will star Jordan Sparks and the late Whitney Houston. In a recent interview she recalled working with Whitney and her dedication to the film. Martin is one of the very few African-American female producers in Hollywood. Black Enterprise reports:

There are a small number of Black female producers in Hollywood who have been able to stay relevant and profitable; Halle Berry, Oprah Winfrey, Tracey Edmonds, Queen Latifah and then there’s Debra Martin Chase. Her name may not register with the general public the same way as the aforementioned women, but her credits speak for their self: Cheetah Girls, Cinderella, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, 1 and 2, Princess Diaries, 1 and 2 and most recently, Just Wright. Some may consider her work “chick flicks,” but Martin Chase makes movies for a living and the living is good.

Still an artist at heart, the movie veteran is producing two films set to release in 2012 and one on 2013; Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston in her final theatrical performance; Dirty Dancing with director Kenny Ortega and Elixir, another Sanna Hamri collaboration. caught up with Martin Chase on the Detroit set of Sparkle as she dished out lessons on Hollywood movie making and staying ahead of the curve.

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