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Cupcake Brown Aims At Screenwriting

Check out the interesting article at law.com to read more about the compelling personal narrative of Cupcake Brown – hooker, junkie, lawyer, author, and evidently, now a screenwriter.

Bingham Associate Leaves With Hopes of Movie Making
by Zusha Elinson

Cupcake Brown is ready to write the next chapter in her life.

The former prostitute and junkie-turned-lawyer left Bingham McCutchen earlier this month to work on a movie script for her widely acclaimed memoir, “A Piece of Cake.”

“I enjoyed the practice of law, but I want to help people,” Brown said. “I’ve just been inundated with speaking requests, but it’s hard to do when you’ve got billable hours and lots of responsibilities.”

She said she may eventually return to the profession as a public interest lawyer, but doesn’t know yet.

After surviving rape and abuse as a child at the hands of her foster families, Brown joined a violent gang in Los Angeles as a teen. Her life spiraled into heavy drug use until she nearly died on the streets of San Diego after a four-day crack binge.

She eventually kicked her habit and went on to graduate from law school at age 37, in 2001. Since then, she had worked as a litigation associate in Bingham McCutchen’s San Francisco office.

She doesn’t have a movie deal yet, but Brown said she’s already chatted with actresses Regina King (“Friday,” “Jerry Maguire”), Kerry Washington (“Ray”) and Nia Long (“Big Momma’s House”). The lead role in the movie she hopes to make will be a difficult one, Brown noted: “There’s the street Cup, and then there’s the professional Cup, and you have to be able to play both.”


One comment on “Cupcake Brown Aims At Screenwriting

  1. I’ve had the pleasure of reading your life story. It was hard to read at times. Yet I could not put it down. Actually I read it twice. I believe it should be put on the Big Screen. It’s truely inspiring. There’s only ONE actress that can bring your story to the Screen, and make it Believeable. Her name is KERRY WASHINGTON! Please consider NO ONE ELSE.

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