What's the Difference between Hidden Figures the Book and Hidden Figures the Movie?


Hidden Figures

Released: 2016
Author: Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden Figures

Released: 2017
Director: Theodore Melfi
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In the Book In the Movie
Dorothy Vaughan
Dorothy Vaughan
Portrayed by: Octavia Spencer
Katherine Johnson
Katherine Johnson
Portrayed by: Taraji P. Henson
Mary Jackson
Mary Jackson
Portrayed by: Janelle Monae
This Character does not appear.
Al Harrison
Portrayed by: Kevin Costner
This Character does not appear.
Vivian Mitchell
Portrayed by: Kirsten Dunst
Paul Stafford
Paul Stafford
Portrayed by: Jim Parsons
John Glenn
John Glenn
Portrayed by: Glen Powell
Hidden Figures Book vs Movie
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In the Book In the Movie
   About 50 black women worked as computors, mathematicians, engineers or scientists from 1943-1980. The only black NASA employees shown are the female computors.
   FDR signed EO 8802 to desegregate the defense industry and EO 9346, the Fair Employment Practices Committee. Nothing about FDR's Executive Orders.
   Melvin Butler hires the first black computors to work at Langley in 1943. He segregates them to comply with Virginia law and custom. Nothing shown about the initial hirings. Melvin Butler does not appear.
   The back of the cafeteria was segregated; a small sign on some of the back tables said "colored computors". Miriam Mann had a habit of repeatedly stealing the sign as it offended her. The Cafeteria is not shown; the main issue is with the segregated restrooms. Miriam Mann does not appear in the movie.
   In 1944 Dorothy Vanghan moved her children to her apartment in Langley VA. Very little on Dorothy Vaughan's personal life.
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