The Color Purple

Spielberg's Role: Executive Producer
US Release Date: 1985

This film follows the life of Celie, a young black girl growing up in the early 1900's. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 - and pregnant - by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life...

Producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy cast Margaret Avery after Tina Turner turned it down. Margaret Avery ended up with a nomination for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. The film stared Danny Glover as Albert, Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, Oprah Winfrey as Sofia, as well as Margaret Avery as Shug Avery. One source claims the film was nominated for 11 Oscars and didn't win anything. The 5 listed above have been confirmed.