Oprah Opens Up About The One Role She 'Wanted More Than Anything'

Ata Owaji Victor
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From ELLE

Oprah Winfrey has opened up about her role in the film adaptation of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning book The Color Purple.

In an emotional Instagram post on Sunday (December 20), the 66-year-old mogul marked the film's 35th year by sharing some reflections about how she came to play the role of Sofia in the Steven Spielberg-directed film.

The TV show host wrote that she 'never wanted anything' more than to star in the movie despite the fact she had at that point forged a noteworthy career, beginning as a broadcaster aged 17 at a radio station.



Before her 1985 breakout performance as 'Sofia' in The Color Purple - a role that gained her Golden Globe and Oscar nominations - Oprah had fronted a highly successful self-titled show, one that remains the highest-rated talk show on American television.

Yet, in the caption Winfrey attributed to the snippet from the deeply moving film - showing one of the pinnacle moments from her iconic performance opposite Whoopi Goldberg - the businesswoman shared that 'I’ve never wanted anything in my life more than I wanted to be in that movie.'

Winfrey continued by writing:

'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. And one faithful morning, @quincyjones saw me on AM Chicago, said I should audition, and the rest is movie history!'

The broadcasting legend concluded with, '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 The Color Purple follows the story of a young American girl and highlights the complexities of being both Black and a woman during the early 20th century, including domestic violence, racism, and sexism and, ultimately, the importance of self-worth and sisterhood. Since the film's release, the book's powerful message has also been adapted for theatre.

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