Young Celie, Desreta Jackson Says Colorism Made Her Leave Hollywood After ‘The Color Purple’

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Desreta Jackson is best known for playing the young version of Celie Johnson, opposite Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 Oscar-nominate drama, The Color Purple.

The film hit theaters December 18, 1985 to critical acclaim.

In an interview with theGrio, Jackson opens up about her career-defining role as Celie and celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the film.

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