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Regina King spotted on the Ohio set of Shirley in FIRST sighting since her son Ian committed suicide


In the first public sighting since the tragic death of her son Ian Alexander Jr., Regina King was hard at work filming John Ridley’s biopic Shirley in her Cincinnati hometown on Monday.

The 50-year-old Oscar winner channeled her grief to portray the first African-American congresswoman and presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm – who passed away, age 80, in 2005.

Regina – who’s also a producer – was wearing a 1972-era white floral blazer dress with black PVC high-heeled boots selected by costume designer Megan Coates.  

Back to work: In the first public sighting since the tragic death of her son Ian Alexander Jr., Regina King was hard at work filming John Ridley's biopic Shirley in her Cincinnati hometown on Monday

Back to work: In the first public sighting since the tragic death of her son Ian Alexander Jr., Regina King was hard at work filming John Ridley’s biopic Shirley in her Cincinnati hometown on Monday

Groundbreaker: The 50-year-old Oscar winner channeled her grief to portray the first African-American congresswoman and presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm - who passed away, age 80, in 2005

The real Shirley Chisholm pictured in 1970

Groundbreaker: The 50-year-old Oscar winner channeled her grief to portray the first African-American congresswoman and presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm – who passed away, age 80, in 2005

King wore Shirley’s signature glasses, dental prosthetics designed by Gary Archer, and a short wavy wig was coiffed by hair department head Nakoya Yancey.

Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Triumph) was also on set dressed in a blue three-piece suit to better inhabit the New York native’s husband, private investigator Conrad Chisholm.

Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (French Exit) was also suited up to play a character that was likely the manager of the ‘unbought and unbossed’ Democratic politician’s $300K presidential campaign.

The talented trio were shooting a scene where a knife-wielding man tried to assassinate Shirley as it’s been reported there were three attempts on her life during her political career. 

Action! Regina - who's also a producer - was wearing a 1972-era white floral blazer dress with black PVC high-heeled boots selected by costume designer Megan Coates

Action! Regina – who’s also a producer – was wearing a 1972-era white floral blazer dress with black PVC high-heeled boots selected by costume designer Megan Coates

Praying: King wore Shirley's signature glasses, dental prosthetics designed by Gary Archer, and a short wavy wig was coiffed by hair department head Nakoya Yancey

Praying: King wore Shirley’s signature glasses, dental prosthetics designed by Gary Archer, and a short wavy wig was coiffed by hair department head Nakoya Yancey

Onscreen leading man: Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Triumph) was also on set dressed in a blue three-piece suit to better inhabit the New York native's husband, private investigator Conrad Chisholm

Onscreen leading man: Oscar nominee Terrence Howard (Triumph) was also on set dressed in a blue three-piece suit to better inhabit the New York native’s husband, private investigator Conrad Chisholm

Conrad was said to have served as his famous wife’s bodyguard until US Secret Service protection was granted to her in May 1972.

Production on the 2022 Netflix film was supposed to take place between December 10-April 1, but that was likely delayed following Regina’s unimaginable loss.

King was ‘devastated at the deepest level’ by the loss of her only child, at age 26, by suicide on January 21.

‘He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others,’ the Flag Day actress said in a statement to TODAY. 

Staffer: Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (French Exit) was also suited up to play a character that was likely the manager of the 'unbought and unbossed' Democratic politician's $300K presidential campaign

Staffer: Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (French Exit) was also suited up to play a character that was likely the manager of the ‘unbought and unbossed’ Democratic politician’s $300K presidential campaign

Scary: The talented trio were shooting a scene where a knife-wielding man tried to assassinate Shirley as it's been reported there were three attempts on her life during her political career

Scary: The talented trio were shooting a scene where a knife-wielding man tried to assassinate Shirley as it’s been reported there were three attempts on her life during her political career

Protector: Conrad was said to have served as his famous wife's bodyguard until US Secret Service protection was granted to her in May 1972

Protector: Conrad was said to have served as his famous wife’s bodyguard until US Secret Service protection was granted to her in May 1972

BTS: Production on the 2022 Netflix film was supposed to take place between December 10-April 1, but that was likely delayed following Regina's unimaginable loss

BTS: Production on the 2022 Netflix film was supposed to take place between December 10-April 1, but that was likely delayed following Regina’s unimaginable loss

‘Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.’

Regina was last publicly pictured with Ian – whose stage name was Desduné – during CNN New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen on December 31.

The R&B singer revealed his emotional state in his final tweet on January 14 captioned: ‘You know that episode of SpongeBob [SquarePants] where they go inside his brain and it’s a bunch of mini SpongeBobs just losing their s***? Yeah that one really hits home.’

'He is such a bright light': King was 'devastated at the deepest level' by the loss of her only child, at age 26, by suicide on January 21 (pictured in 2021)

‘He is such a bright light’: King was ‘devastated at the deepest level’ by the loss of her only child, at age 26, by suicide on January 21 (pictured in 2021)

RIP: The Flag Day actress was last publicly pictured with Ian - whose stage name was Desduné - during CNN New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen on December 31

RIP: The Flag Day actress was last publicly pictured with Ian – whose stage name was Desduné – during CNN New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen on December 31

The R&B singer revealed his emotional state in his final tweet on January 14 captioned: 'You know that episode of SpongeBob [SquarePants] where they go inside his brain and it's a bunch of mini SpongeBobs just losing their s***? Yeah that one really hits home'

The R&B singer revealed his emotional state in his final tweet on January 14 captioned: ‘You know that episode of SpongeBob [SquarePants] where they go inside his brain and it’s a bunch of mini SpongeBobs just losing their s***? Yeah that one really hits home’ 

King mothered Alexander during her decade-long marriage to record producer Ian Alexander, which ended in 2007.

On March 17, New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman revealed that the four-time Emmy winner will serve as celebrity co-chair of the Met Gala on May 2 alongside Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Regina will be glamming up for this year’s theme ‘Gilded Glamour’ after wearing a Michael Kors pin-stripe caped maxi-blazer and tube dress at the prior Costume Institute benefit in Manhattan on September 13.

'Scoop!' On March 17, New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman revealed that Regina will serve as celebrity co-chair of the Met Gala on May 2 alongside Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda

‘Scoop!’ On March 17, New York Times fashion critic Vanessa Friedman revealed that Regina will serve as celebrity co-chair of the Met Gala on May 2 alongside Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds, and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Less than two months away! King will be glamming up for this year's theme 'Gilded Glamour' after wearing a Michael Kors pin-stripe caped maxi-blazer and tube dress at the prior Costume Institute benefit in Manhattan on September 13

Less than two months away! King will be glamming up for this year’s theme ‘Gilded Glamour’ after wearing a Michael Kors pin-stripe caped maxi-blazer and tube dress at the prior Costume Institute benefit in Manhattan on September 13

King and David E. Kelley are set to adapt Tom Wolfe’s 1998 novel A Man in Full into a six-episode series for Netflix.

The Harder They Fall action star – who made her directorial debut with One Night in Miami in 2020 – will also helm a big-screen adaptation of Image Comics graphic novel Bitter Root about Harlem monster hunters.

Regina’s three-decade career originally kicked off in 1985 with a breakout role as Brenda Jenkins in NBC’s African-American sitcom, 227.



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