Well-known TV host and actor Oprah Winfrey went to Instagram to celebrate the 35th anniversary of ‘The Color Purple,’ which introduced her to the world.
To mark its release day, the ‘Oprah’ host, who appeared in the movie as ‘Sofia,’ uploaded a scene from the movie, that includes her iconic speech:
“All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain’t safe in a family of men, but I ain’t never thought I’d have to fight in my own house!”
Then the actor added a lengthy caption to honor the legacy of the film, directed by Stephen Spielberg; she first reminded her fans and followers that ‘The Color Purple,’ premiered 35 years before, on December 18, 1985, and continued:
“I’ve never wanted anything in my life more than I wanted to be in that movie. When I read the book the first time, I bought copies to hand them out to people. I told everyone I wanted to be in the movie. It was that deep.”
The 66-year-old TV personality stated that her dream regarding the movie came true when Quincy Jones, who developed the original music for the said film, saw her on AM Chicago and said she should audition. After telling the story behind her joining the cast, Winfrey pointed to her quote on the short video she had shared:
“So here’s to the powerful messages I still carry from that movie. And for all the moviegoers who still recite this scene to me until this day! 💜💜💜
The film, starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Desreta Jackson, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Willard Pugh, and Adolph Caesar alongside Winfrey, grossed $142 million worldwide and received highly positive reviews from viewers and critics. ‘The Color Purple,’ based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name, was nominated for eleven Academy Awards in 1986.
See below to view Oprah’s post.