Reuben Cannon on casting Oprah Winfrey in "The Color Purple"

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

Casting Executive/Producer Reuben Cannon tells the story of casting Oprah Winfrey, who was not yet nationally known, in the film The Color Purple. He also shares how important the experience of casting the film was to him:

”It was one of my favorite experiences in casting. If that was the end of my career, I would have been satisfied."

Watch Reuben Cannon’s full Archive of American Television interview where he tells the story of his career from starting out in the Universal mailroom to casting The A-Team, Moonlighting, House of Payne, and more.

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