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Check Out 'The Color Purple' On Blu-ray Jan. 25

January 22nd, 2011 7:38am EST
The Color Purple
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, "The Color Purple" spans the years 1909 to 1949, relating the life of Celie (Whoopi Goldberg), a Southern black woman virtually sold into a life of servitude to her brutal husband, sharecropper Albert (Danny Glover).

Celie pours out her innermost thoughts in letter form to her sister Nettie (Akousa Busia), but Albert has been hiding the letters Nettie writes back, allowing Celie to assume that Nettie is dead. Finally, Celie finds a champion in the don't-take-no-guff Sofia (Oprah Winfrey), the wife of Glover's son from a previous m...
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Patti LaBelle Turned Down Color Purple Over Same-Sex Kiss

June 2nd, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Patti LaBelle
Soul legend Patti LaBelle turned down the chance to star in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple - because she thought the film would be too racy. The Lady Marmalade singer was approached to play blues singer Shug Avery in the classic 1985 film, but was turned off by the fact she'd have to perform a same-sex kiss during a nude scene and she passed. The role went to Margaret Avery.

But, having seen the film, which is now among her favorites, the singer fears she missed a great opportunity to show off her acting skills.

LaBelle says, "I told Steven Spielberg I couldn't be in his fi...
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