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Rae Dawn Chong Backtracking Over Oprah Winfrey Attack

19th July 2013

Actress Rae Dawn Chong has backtracked over racially-charged comments she made about her former The Color Purple co-star Oprah Winfrey, insisting her statements had been taken out of context.Chong hit headlines on Friday (19Jul13) after...

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Oprah: 'Oscars Debut Was A Horrible Night'

27th February 2012

Oprah Winfrey's 2012 Oscars experience was a lot more pleasant than her first appearance at the Academy Awards in 1986 when she was nominated for The Color Purple - as she was wearing a dress...

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Spielberg: 'I Was Shy About The Color Purple Sex Scenes'

5th December 2011

Steven Spielberg received severe criticism for toning down lesbian scenes in The Color Purple because fans of Alice Walker's novel felt they should have been more explicit.The moviemaker admits he felt uncomfortable with the description...

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James Earl Jones 'Gobsmacked' By Oscar Honour

14th November 2011

James Earl Jones was "gobsmacked" to receive an honorary Oscar on Saturday (12.11.11). The 80-year-old actor - who is best known as the voice of 'Star Wars' villain Darth Vader - revealed his delight at...

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Oprah Winfrey To Receive Honorary Oscar

3rd August 2011

Oprah Winfrey is set to receive an honorary Oscar.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the chat show host - who received an honorary degree in June from the University of the...

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Oscar-nominated Composer Fred Steiner Dead At 88

29th June 2011

Fred Steiner, the composer who created the Oscar-nominated score for The Color Purple, has died at his home in Mexico.The music maestro, who also composed the themes to TV hits The Adventures of Rocky and...

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Fascinating Fact 10339

16th November 2010

THE COLOR PURPLE star AKOSUA BUSIA is a real-life princess in Ghana.

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Fascinating Fact 10336

16th November 2010

OPRAH WINFREY celebrated the 25th anniversary of her hit film THE COLOR PURPLE on her daytime talk show on Monday (15Nov10) when she staged a cast reunion. The TV titan, who who was nominated for...

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Meryl Streep For Home Shopping Comedy

25th October 2010

Meryl Streep has signed on to star in an untitled comedy set on a home shopping network. The Oscar-winning actress will star alongside Sandra Bullock and Oprah Winfrey in the movie, according to 'Sex and...

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Barrino's Fan Mail Scare

20th February 2010

FANTASIA BARRINO has increased her security during her run in THE COLOR PURPLE after receiving a threatening letter on Friday (19Feb10).The former American Idol winner immediately alerted police after finding the alarming letter in a...

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Fantasia Returning To The Color Purple?

4th February 2009

Singer/actress FANTASIA BARRINO is reportedly set to reprise her role in THE COLOR PURPLE in a production of the stage musical in Washington, D.C. this summer (09). The former American Idol champ starred in the Broadway...

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Perry Denies 'Script Theft' Accusation

4th December 2008

Filmmaker TYLER PERRY has denied claims he stole ideas from four movies - including MRS DOUBTFIRE and THE COLOR PURPLE - for his 2005 blockbuster DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN. The screenwriter is embroiled...

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Fantasia Comes Clean About Tumour Surgery

31st August 2008

Former AMERICAN IDOL star FANTASIA BARRINO has revealed a tumour on her throat was the reason behind her decision to pull out of Broadway show THE COLOR PURPLE. The singer, who was a hit as...

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The Color Purple To Close

25th January 2008

OPRAH WINFREY's THE COLOR PURPLE stage musical will fade to black on 24 February (08) when the curtain comes down on the Broadway show after more than 940 performances. The spectacular play, based on Alice...

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Fantasia: First Idol To Become Broadway Star

22nd August 2007

Fantasia Barrino has become the first American Idol winner to prove her worth on Broadway. Reporting on her success since taking on the role of Celie in the musical production of The Color Purple in...

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Fantasia Extends Color Purple Run

14th July 2007

AMERICAN IDOL star FANTASIA BARRINO love affair with Broadway is set to continue - the singer has extended her run in hit musical THE COLOR PURPLE. The Believe singer's role of Celie in the stage...

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Labelle Turned Down Color Purple Over Same-sex Kiss

2nd June 2007

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...

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American Idol Winner In Purple Adored By Veteran Critic

18th May 2007

In an uncommon follow-up review, veteran theater critic Clive Barnes has extolled the performance of 22-year-old American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino in The Color People. "That she could sing, we knew," the 80-year-old New York...

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The Color Purple Breaks Broadway Theatre Records

17th April 2007

Former American Idol champ FANTASIA BARRINO has helped give smash hit musical THE COLOR PURPLE its best week ever after shattering the house record at New York City's Broadway Theatre. The spectacular, which features newcomer...

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Fascinating Fact 3015

21st March 2007

Actress-turned-TV personality ROSIE O'DONNELL had a 45th birthday to remember on US morning show THE VIEW today (21MAR07) when producers invited the casts of LES MISERABLES, THE CHORUS LINE and THE COLOR PURPLE as part...

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Destiny's Williams Joins Color Purple

28th February 2007

Former DESTINY'S CHILD singer MICHELLE WILLIAMS has signed up to play blues singer SHUG AVERY in the Chicago, Illinois production of THE COLOR PURPLE musical. The BILLS BILLS BILLS performer, 26, will joins the stars...

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Barrino Confirms Color Purple Lead

23rd February 2007

LATEST: AMERICAN IDOL winner FANTASIA BARRINO has confirmed she's set to make her Broadway debut in OPRAH WINFREY's THE COLOR PURPLE musical. Appearing on a live American Idol last night (22FEB07), the singer announced she'll...

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Barrino Considers Purple Role

15th February 2007

AMERICAN IDOL star FANTASIA BARRINO is looking to follow JENNIFER HUDSON into the acting world after taking steps to join the Broadway cast of THE COLOR PURPLE. Sources claim Barrino is in negotiations to play...

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50 Cent: 'Winfrey's Turned White'

30th November 2006

Rapper 50 CENT has accused talk show queen OPRAH WINFREY of deserting her African-American roots to pander to the middle-aged white female demographic. Winfrey, who shot to fame starring in 1985 race drama THE COLOR...

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Glover Backs Unions

31st July 2006

Crusading actor DANNY GLOVER has supported a campaign to rally Puerto Rico's hotel workers to join the local branch of a large US labour union in a bid to receive better pay and benefits. THE...

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The Color Purple Breaks New York House Records

12th July 2006

Broadway hit THE COLOR PURPLE has shattered New York City box office house records after grossing $1.1 million (GBP611,000) in a week. The stage musical adaptation of STEVEN SPIELBERG's acclaimed 1985 movie made history for...

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Drowsy Chaperone Heads Up Tony Nominations

16th May 2006

Broadway musical THE DROWSY CHAPERONE leads the nominations for next month's (JUN06) Tony Awards with 13 nods. The stage show directed by SPAMALOT choreographer CASEY NICHOLAW, which is based around a fan's love for a...

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Glover Predicts Dreamgirls Legacy

13th April 2006

Hollywood star DANNY GLOVER has hailed forthcoming movie DREAMGIRLS one of the most powerful films ever seen. The LETHAL WEAPON actor insists the movie, based on the award-winning Broadway musical, will be talked about for...

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Oprah Will Not Host Tonys

31st March 2006

Talk show queen OPRAH WINFREY has quashed rumours that she is to replace three-time presenter HUGH JACKMAN as the host of the 2006 Tony Awards. The Emmy-winning TV host, who is producing the stage version...

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Winfrey And Letterman Put Their 'Feud' Behind Them

2nd December 2005

US TV superstar OPRAH WINFREY ended her 16-year "feud" with fellow chat show host DAVID LETTERMAN by being appearing on his programme last night (01DEC05). Winfrey, 51, accepted Letterman's invitation to be interviewed on...

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