Photo: Liberace, circa 1985-86. (Associated Press)
Oprah traveled to Williamson in Season 2 and held a town hall meeting where Mike and the residents had a chance to speak out and tempers flared. Oprah returned to the small town 23 years later to find out how the residents’ beliefs had changed, finding many remorseful. Sadly, Mike passed away in 1994. (Getty Images)
Winfrey, who is no longer a size 10, has since called this episode her “biggest, fattest” mistake. She also told Barbara Walters in a 2010 TV special that “I think I did myself a great disservice focusing so much on the external body features ... What I’ve learned is that overeating for me is about being out of balance and being disconnected and using that as a comfort for the stress.” (Charles Bennett / Associated Press)
One of the few things Jackson did seem to be mum about was sex. He refused to give a straight answer when Winfrey asked if he was a virgin. “I’m a gentleman,” he told Winfrey, adding that this matter was something private that he didn’t want to discuss publicly.
Photo: Michael Jackson at the 1993 Grammy Awards. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
The club’s popularity spawned the “Oprah effect” -- when lesser-known books launch onto bestseller lists because of Winfrey. (George Burns / Harpo Productions)
Photo: Winfrey exits the courthouse after the verdict in February 1998. (LM Otero / Associated Press)
Photo: Oprah helps shave Dr. Phil’s trademark mustache during a live taping of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on May 7, 2010 at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press)
Photo: Oprah gives away a 2012 Volkswagen Beetle during her 2010 “Oprah’s Favorite Things” episode. (George Burns / PRNewsPhoto)
Above: Oprah raises a champagne toast to Dr. Oz after announcing his departure from Oprah’s show to launch “The Dr. Oz Show,” co-produced by Harpo and Sony, in 2009. (George Burns / Harpo Productions / Associated Press)
She started the giveaways in 1994, when she took her 131-member studio audience to
Yet it was her 2005 visit that brought forth some real grown-up demons. Gold went on “The Oprah Winfrew Show” to discuss her late 2004 arrest for driving under the influence, after an accident in which she drove her SUV off a freeway and injured her husband and two of her three children. It was an emotional show. “You know, a DUI is not the worst thing,” Gold said during the episode. “Hurting somebody you love is the worst thing.” (Andy Kropa / Getty Images)
In 2005, Winfrey deemed author
After the fallout, Winfrey invited Frey on her show and lashed into him by asking questions like “How much of the book is fabricated?,” “Why did you lie?” and if Frey felt as if he conned his readers as she picked apart sections of his book. Frey admitted to embellishing some of the incidents in his book. (George Burns / Associated Press)
Winfrey read comments on the show made by
“When Michelle found out I was writing the book, she vowed to do everything she could to discredit me.... She’s either protecting the Mamas and Papas brand or is having a textbook reaction: She’s embarrassed, sweep it under the carpet, protect the abuser,” Phillips told Winfrey. (Chris Pizello / Associated Press; Angela Weiss / Getty Images)
Fergie made another appearance on Oprah’s show, pictured here, to promote her reality series “Finding Sarah,” which will air on OWN. She also spoke out about her snub from Prince William and
One thing has become clear when your name is Oprah Winfrey: You can do whatever you want, no matter how bewildering it is.
Reports that the former talk show host, who is the founder and head of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, may be headed for Broadway to star with Audra McDonald in a revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “ ‘night, Mother” is raising a few eyebrows and questions.
Is she craving the roar of the crowd again? Is Winfrey bored with running a television network which bears her name? Or does she feel that being the head of a network is not really a full-time job that demands her total attention?
She certainly felt that way a few years ago. When OWN first launched in 2011, the network suffered a stream of executive upheavals, programming missteps and lackluster ratings. But in spite of those troubles, Winfrey temporarily abandoned her executive duties in 2012 for a role in “Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler,” her first film since 1998’s “Beloved.”
Winfrey, who has won accolades for her acting, may have thought that appearing in “The Butler” might counteract much of the bad publicity surrounding OWN. When she scored good reviews for the film, several award show insiders predicted that Winfrey, with her shining star power, might even score an Oscar nomination.
However, Winfrey not only did not get nominated for an Oscar, but was shut out of the Golden Globes and for several other lesser awards.
OWN is now on steadier ground with a couple of hits from Tyler Perry and an upcoming reality series about troubled Lindsay Lohan that is certain to attract a lot of attention.
But rather than develop more substantial programming and build a more solid network, Winfrey seemingly feels relaxed enough about her “day job” to dip her toe into a demanding part on the Great White Way.
If she falls short again, maybe Perry can put her on the road in one of his “Madea” plays.