What OldSchool Singer Refused Role Of Shug Avery In The Color Purple?

Posted On : November 28, 2014
"Shug Avery" in The Color Purple
“Shug Avery” in The Color Purple

The Color Purple could have had a very different feel if the director had gotten his way and had this particular singer star as “Shug Avery,” but this icon wasn’t having it! “Shug Avery” was played by Margaret Avery, an actress and singer in her own right. But Steven Spielberg wanted another more famous singer to play “Shug.” The singer who was originally supposed to play her was the legendary…