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FLASHBACK 2011: Stars in Madison for premiere of 'The Help'

"The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT) "The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT)
Viola Davis a "The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT) Viola Davis a "The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT)
Allison Janney at "The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT) Allison Janney at "The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT)
Emma Stone at "The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT) Emma Stone at "The Help" premiere in Madison (Source: WLBT)
Kathryn Stockett and Tate Taylor at "The Help" premiere in Madison. Allison Janney and Brunson Green are behind them. (Source: WLBT) Kathryn Stockett and Tate Taylor at "The Help" premiere in Madison. Allison Janney and Brunson Green are behind them. (Source: WLBT)

July 30, 2011: "The Help" premieres locally in Madison with the movie's stars and locals in attendance.

The movie, based on Jackson native Kathryn Stockett's best-selling book, was filmed in Mississippi -- primarily in Greenwood, but also in Jackson. The local premiere was at the Malco Grandview theater. Among the stars who came back to town for the event were Viola Davis (Aibileen Clark), Emma Stone (Skeeter Phelan), Jessica Chastain (Celia Foote) and Allison Janney (Charlotte Phelan). The film was produced and directed by a pair of other Jackson natives who were already friends of Stockett's, Brunson Green and Tate Taylor. They also attended the premiere.

"The Help" was a box-office success, grossing about $170 million in the U.S. It was nominated for four Academy Awards -- Best Picture, Best Actress (Viola Davis), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Chastain), and Best Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer). Spencer won.

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