OSCAR SPOTLIGHT: PRINCE

What is the meaning of the color purple?

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Purple combines the calm stability of blue and the fierce energy of red. It’s often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition.

All the right adjectives to describe our royal badness – PRINCE.

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The movie “Purple Rain”, directed by Albert Magnoli. Seen here, Prince as The Kid. Initial theatrical release July 27, 1984. Screen capture. © 1984 Warner Bros. Credit: © 1984 Warner Bros. / Flickr / Courtesy Pikturz. Image intended only for use to help promote the film, in an editorial, non-commercial context.

Prince was the word in 1984 when “Purple Rain” film was released, grossed over 80 million and became an instant cult classic.  With an album of the same name, it had 2 chart topping singles “When Doves Cry”, “Let’s Go Crazy” and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song Score.  The “Purple Rain” soundtrack sold 15 million in America and 25 million worldwide.

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Did you know…

  • The film is shot in Minneapolis and features many of the city’s famous landmarks , including the Crystal Court of the IDS Center (shown in the opening credits to The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and the legendary First Avenue nightclub.
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  • The motorcycle Prince rides in the film is a customized Hondamatic Honda CB400A.
  • Prince wanted to cast the late Denise Matthews (Vanity) as his female lead, but she left Vanity 6 right before filming began.  Jennifer Beals (Flashdance) was considered before offering to Apollonia, who was virtually unknown at the time.purple-rain-apollonia-650x489
  •  Purple Rain was nominated nominated for two Razzie Awards, including Worst New Star for Apollonia Kotero and Worst Original Song for “Sex Shooter”.images.jpeg

 

In 2011, Prince took the stage doing concerts all over the US for $25!  Baby, I went at least twice and it was thrilling to witness that energy and life force we know as Prince Rogers Nelson live!  It was amazing and I am so incredibly grateful to have had that opportunity.

Prince is known from time to time to perform pop up concerts.  If he hits  your city with one, you really don’t want to miss it!

Take a look back at the Oscar winning Prince and his masterpiece Purple Rain

 

 

 

 

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