Meeting Prince on the Set of Purple Rain, 1983

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Me and my sister “Maggie” on our first day as extras in Purple Rain, 1983. My car was filmed too, right in front of First Ave, because most of the extras did not own cars.

There were only a few extras on the set that day and it was really exciting! It was cold out and they let the girls wear coats but the guys couldn’t (I think it was supposed to be summer in the scene). They gave everyone cigarettes to smoke to provide a plausible reason for the “smoke” that was visible whenever anyone exhaled in the frigid air.

Prince’s bodyguard came up to Maggie and me at the end of filming and said Prince wanted us to come to a party at his house. Which was awesome. We declined because I thought John (my first husband) would not be on board with it.

Was very sad to hear that Prince, musical genius and bright spirit who generously shared his talent with the world, is gone so soon. May he shine brightly forever.

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