Here's what you need to know about the remake's surprise cameo by 'The Color Purple' actor

By Robert J. Matthews

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The Warner Bros. remake of "The Color Purple" includes a special cameo by an actor from the original 1985 movie.

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The cameo serves as a nod to the actor's original role in the Oscar-nominated 1985 adaptation.

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Both movie versions depict the journey of Celie, the protagonist, as she seeks independence in a segregated Georgia, facing abuse in the early 1900s.

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 In the new film, during a pivotal scene where teenage Celie goes into labor, Whoopi Goldberg makes a surprise appearance as the midwife.

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Whoopi Goldberg, who played Celie in the 1985 film, was nominated for Best Actress at the 58th Academy Awards.

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Goldberg's journey with "The Color Purple" began when she heard Alice Walker read the book on the radio. 

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Inspired by the book, Goldberg's letter to Walker led to Steven Spielberg offering her the lead role in the film, marking her transition from theater to film.

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Despite receiving 11 Oscar nominations, Goldberg speculated that the film's depiction of Black men and Spielberg's direction as a white man influenced the lack of wins.

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