February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the legends of Black history. Here we honor late entertainment legend Whitney Houston’s portrayal of as Julia Biggs from ‘The Preacher’s Wife’!
A remake of 1947 film ‘The Bishop’s Wife’ (adapted form Robert Nathan’s novel of the same name), this Penny Marshall-directed retelling brought more life to its leading actress. Based on a screenplay by Robert E. Sherwood, the challenges Julia Biggs faced brought Whitney Houston the 1997 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.
With Rev. Biggs off lending hands to the needy, Julia was left longing for her husband’s touch. The time they were able to share was tense and combative, testing the strength of their marriage.
Simultaneously, Julia was responsible for their son, Jeremiah, while dealing with church affairs in Henry’s absence, defending herself and her relationship to her outspoken mother, Margueritte (Jenifer Lewis), and trying not to let her newfound friendship with Dudley (Denzel Washington) lose its heavenly grace.
Audiences connected with Julia because many could relate to her being caught in the middle, having both her heart and faith tested. With the added pressure of the holiday, she was forced to find joy before she could genuinely share it and share in it. Julia finally weathering these snowy life storms, and singing fervently about it, will continue to warm hearts and give chills for years and years to come. |
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