A couple of decades can go by, and it’s never too late to salvage a relationship and reunite with people you made history with. No one can know that better than Oprah Winfrey. Last week, the media maven taped another one of her landmark moments for ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ – which is in its final record-breaking year – with a reunion of her co-stars from the 1985 epic film ‘The Color Purple.’
In her new book, ‘Oprah: A Biography,’ scandal-mongering biographer Kitty Kelley offered many unconfirmed stories about Winfrey’s alleged dust-ups with cast members and the movie’s director Steven Spielberg. The tantalizing tidbits provided context to what many believe has been a long-running feud with her co-star, the movie’s lead actress Whoopi Goldberg. Goldberg, who was nominated for an Academy Award for ‘Purple’ – along with co-stars Winfrey and Margaret Avery, has never sat down on Winfrey’s couch since then, and was noticeably absent at her big 2006 Legends Ball weekend festivities, where Winfrey & Co. celebrated great black women who contributed to the history of arts and culture. Even though Goldberg — at the time — was only one of two living female black actresses who won Academy Awards (Halle Berry was the other), she didn’t get an invite.
On the show, which airs nationally Nov. 15, a tear-filled Winfrey candidly reveals how Goldberg took her to task about what has been referred to as their long-time beef.
Below is an excerpt and exclusive video of their exchange:
OPRAH: Whoopi came up to me and she said, can I just ask you something? Really. She said, can I just ask you something? Did I do something to you? And I said — I said, what are you talking about? She says, all these years, you know, we’ve been disconnected and I just want to know, did I do something? I said, all these years I thought you were mad at me.
OPRAH: All these years I thought — I thought that you thought — I don’t know what I thought.
WHOOPI: It’s crazy. It’s crazy.
OPRAH: It’s crazy. So I thought, you think I’m mad at you? I thought you were mad at me.
WHOOPI: So crazy.
OPRAH: Was that crazy?
OPRAH: What was that?
WHOOPI: Who knows?
While many still see Goldberg daily as the Emmy Award winning co-host of ‘The View’ talk show, some still wonder what happened to other cast members from the movies. Winfrey brings together Desreta Jackson (who played “young Celie”), Akosua Bosia (who played “Nettie”), Rae Dawn Chong (who played “Squeak), Danny Glover (who played “Mister”), Margaret Avery (who played “Shug Avery”), Willard Pugh (who played “Harpo”) and legendary music producer Quincy Jones – who is the force behind making the movie a reality.
Here are other highlights… Danny Glover on what ‘The Color Purple’ meant to him … “You know, it’s one of the kind of great emotional moments for me in my whole career. I mean, it — it’s transformative. The movie itself is transformative… I mean it was the beginning of both — all three of our careers in some sense, you know? ”
Quincy Jones on making the movie … “Everybody in town was saying Quincy Jones is out of his mind. He thinks he’s gonna get the greatest director in the world on his first movie and he’s gonna do a black movie before ‘Schindler’s List.’ I’m serious. And that’s when I found the power of being underestimated.” Margaret Avery on Tina Turner and the role of “Shug” Avery … “I owe it to Tina for turning it down and Reuben Cannon for giving me the opportunity.”