'The Color Purple' Got That Big Cameo and Kept It a Secret Until It Came Out.

Before the musical movie "The Color Purple" came out on Christmas Day, director Blitz Bazawule and his star-studded cast made the rounds to meet with the press.

They made a special stop to see Whoopi Goldberg and "The View," who starred in the 1985 movie version of Alice Walker's classic book.

It had been almost 40 years since Goldberg played Celie, a Southern black woman who was abused and didn't go to school. Her journey to freedom is at the heart of Walker's story. The magazine Bazaar and stars Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, and Taraji P. Henson wanted to send her flowers.

"The Color Purple" is a holy place. When Goldberg asked Bazawule why he agreed to be in the movie, he said, "You don't just show up with nothing to offer or nothing to contribute." 

"The book that won the Pulitzer Prize is amazing. It's a great motion picture classic. We owe you too." Henson got everyone in the room to give Goldberg a standing ovation.

Goldberg's first movie role was in Steven Spielberg's 1985 movie, and she was nominated for an Academy Award for best actor for her role. Goldberg never won the prize, but it was the first thing that led her to become the first Black woman to win an EGOT (an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony).

"We wouldn't be here without you," Brooks told Goldberg as everyone took their places. Goldberg looked moved by the compliment.

But people in the theaters and at home didn't know that Goldberg not only inspired the people who made the new version of "The Color Purple," but she also has a small role in it.

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