For Lee Daniels' moving period story, Winfrey shed her media mogul image to play Gloria, the wife of Forest Whitaker's character Cecil Gaines, a former plantation worker who becomes a butler in the White House. While historical events and figures whirl around Cecil, it's Winfrey's grounding take on Gloria that gives the film a beating heart. At times passionate, fragile, humorous, distraught and warm, Gloria connects us to the inspiring tale and, in that way, embodies the perfect wife. Cecil's story may have drawn us in, but it was Winfrey's welcoming presence that made us stay.
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