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Roger Ebert

A Prince on screen, from 'Purple Rain' to 'Graffiti Bridge'

Flamboyant, expressive and larger than life despite his diminutive stature, Prince fit perfectly in Hollywood. He won an Oscar, starred in a big-screen hit, wrote and directed, and lent his songs to scores of productions.

Prince, who died unexpectedly Thursday at age 57, won an Academy Award for his original songs in 1984's "Purple Rain," the film that introduced him to the movie-going masses.

Wearing ruffles, eyeliner and Jheri curl, Prince made his acting debut playing a sexy, androgynous young musician on the cusp of fame. His character, the Kid, was escaping his parents, falling in love with Apollonia and battling Morris Day for top billing.

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