28th November 2019


Is the butler movie based on a true story?

The True Story of 'The Butler' Lee Daniels' The Butler, which opens Friday, is loosely based on the life of Eugene Allen, a butler at the White House for 34 years and through eight administrations.

Then, who is the real Louis Gaines?

But the names have been changed: Allen and his wife, Helene, are called Cecil and Gloria Gaines. (They're played by Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.) At least one key character, Cecil's son Louis (David Oyelowo), is entirely made up.

Who is the real Cecil Gaines?

Lee Daniels directs Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey who portray husband and wife Cecil and Gloria Gaines. The movie is based on real-life White House butler Eugene Allen, who worked in the White House under eight presidents, coming of age during segregation and living to see a black man be elected to the White House.

How many presidents did the butler serve?

Eighty-nine-year-old Eugene Allen, who, like Obama, is African American, served as butler at the White House under eight different presidents: 'I was there for 34 years,' he says proudly, before reeling off the names of each President he worked for: 'I served Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter,
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