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This story first appeared in the Nov. 22 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Oprah Winfrey was scared when, in 2010, director Lee Daniels offered her a comeback role as a White House servant's wife in Lee Daniels' The Butler, inspired by the true story of Eugene Allen, sharecropper-turned-butler to eight U.S. presidents, who lived to see Barack Obama take office. "I get real anxiety when I know I'm gonna cry," explains Winfrey. "I've carried that since The Color Purple [the 1985 film that earned Winfrey an Oscar nomination], when Steven Spielberg asked me to cry on cue

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