Sparkle Characters: Then and Now

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Character: Effie/Emma

In the 1976 version, the Williams sisters' mother is Effie, while in the remake her name is Emma. Originally portrayed by Mary Alice (left), the remake stars the late-great Whitney Houston (right) in this pivotal role.

(Photos from left: Jemal Countess/WireImage, Frank Micelotta/PictureGroup)

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