She chose the surname Goldberg after Jewish ancestors of hers somewhere along the genealogical line. A DNA Test broadcast in the 2006 PBS Documentary â€œAfrican American Livesâ€, traced 92% ancestry to Sub-Saharan Africa and 8% to Europe. She played Celie Johnson in the Color Purple.
Queen Latifah got the part
Director: Steven Spielberg. Also starred Oprah Winfrey, Willard E. Pugh & Akosua Busia. Plot: The life and trials of a young African American Woman.
Best Actress - Drama, 1985