In 1985 Oprah Winfrey made her acting debut in the culture-shifting Steven Spielberg film The color purple, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Winfrey played Sophia, a heartbreaking role that eventually landed her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
To the legacy of the film, which received 11 Academy Award nominations, per diversity – Spielberg and Winfrey (as Executive Producers) teamed up to bring the story to Broadway in 2005 Broadway buzzFantasia Barrino appeared from April 2007 to January 2008 as “a replacement for Celie” op. Despite her personal doubts about not being able to perform successfully on Broadway, the singer of “Truth Is” received rave reviews.
“… I was scared. I thought and prayed for days and finally decided to give it a try,” she told Winfrey in an interview in 2007. Oprah Magazine. “On opening night, I thought,“ I have to do my best for all the people who came to the show. “When the audience applauded during my opening lines, I knew they wanted to see that I was fine and I thought, ‘I can do that.’