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Stars come out to say goodbye to Oprah Winfrey
By CARYN ROUSSEAU, Associated Press – 18/05/2011
AP reporter Alicia Rancilio contributed to this report.

CHICAGO – Oprah Winfrey wiped away tears as celebrity after celebrity surprised her during a farewell double-episode taping of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that will precede her finale.
"Thank you is not enough, but thank you," Winfrey told the crowd of 13,000 gathered at Chicago's United Center on Tuesday night for "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular." "For your love and your support, thank you."
The crowd gave Winfrey a standing ovation when she first walked on the stage. Then the stars came out, with Winfrey's producers making good on their promise of the biggest celebrities of movies, music and television.
Aretha Franklin sang "Amazing Grace." Tom Hanks acted as host for the evening. Michael Jordan, who led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships during the 1990s, told Winfrey she inspires him. Tom Cruise, famous for his couch jumping on Winfrey's show, was there. Jerry Seinfeld wore a tuxedo to give a comedy routine. And Madonna said she is among the millions of people who are inspired by Winfrey.
"She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular," Madonna said.
Winfrey announced in November 2009 that she would end her popular talk show after 25 years. Tuesday's taping will air May 23 and 24, before Winfrey's final show on May 25.
"You always had the power, and that is the message you brought into our lives," Cruise told Winfrey.
The show highlighted Winfrey's charity efforts over the years. About 300 Morehouse College scholarship students walked along the United Center aisles as Kristen Chenoweth sang "For Good" from the musical "Wicked." Grammy winner John Legend was beamed in from a New Orleans school and Winfrey's book club was lauded for getting millions to read.
Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" as Winfrey sat in a white chair onstage. Jamie Foxx and Stevie Wonder sang "Isn't She Lovely" to Winfrey. Wonder followed with his own song, singing to her, "Oprah thank you for using your gifts to uplift so many hearts." Simon Cowell made an appearance; Rosie O'Donnell sang a Broadway-style song.
Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, introduced Franklin after telling Winfrey he loved her and was proud of her.
"It really does amaze me that I get to be around a woman who changes people's lives every day and who also takes her own lunch to work," Graham told the crowd. "You know what really is amazing? You have done this, sweetheart, through all of the sacrifices you've made, humility you have and through God's amazing grace."
That's when Franklin took the stage in a one-shouldered white gown to sing "Amazing Grace." She later joined Usher for the show's finale song, "Oh Happy Day," as sparkly confetti filled the arena.
Maria Shriver, the TV journalist and Kennedy heiress, appeared on the same day it was revealed her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade ago. Shriver did not mention her husband during the taping.
"You have given me love, support, wisdom and most of all the truth," Shriver told Winfrey. "And I know I'm not alone in receiving those gifts from you."
The taping of the second show began with Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, who thanked Winfrey and told her she mothered millions and "that puts you in the status of a goddess."
Actresses Halle Berry, Queen Latifah, Katie Holmes and Dakota Fanning all appeared, along with newswoman Diane Sawyer.
Beyonce sang her song "Run the World (Girls)" backed by dozens of dancers. Rascal Flatts performed too.
"Oprah Winfrey, because of you women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of who we are, of what we are and most of all who we can be," Beyonce said.
The stadium was decorated with pictures of Winfrey at seminal moments over the course of her talk show. Boxes of tissues were on scattered seats throughout the audience.
Harpo Productions received more than 154,000 ticket requests for seats to Tuesday's event. Tickets were free and distributed to fans through a lottery.
Winfrey also received messages from some less-famous admirers. Female American soldiers gave a taped message from Iraq and three female fans from countries around the world came on stage. The show was interspersed with clips of Winfrey's fans and flashbacks of previous episodes.
Fans started lining up outside hours before the taping started.
Bessie Carroll, 70, of Chicago came to the show with her daughter.
"I think we've gotten everything we could have and more than we should have from her," Carroll said. "If she feels it's time to go, we have to release her and let her enjoy her life."
Mashonda White, 41, an engineer from Aurora, called Winfrey an inspiration.
"She's a blueprint of what I would like to become," White said. "She never takes anything negatively. She always makes it positive."
Celebrities such as Lisa Ling, Carson Kressley, Jessica Seinfeld, Ally Wentworth, Bob Greene and former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley sat in the audience.
The content of the final episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is still under wraps.

Source: AP.

Oprah Winfrey Gets Tributes From Madonna And Tom Cruise
18 May 2011 09:18:14

A host of stars including Madonna, Tom Cruise, Beyonce Knowles and Jamie Foxx turned up to the recording of two of Oprah Winfrey's final chat show episodes in Chicago yesterday (17.05.11).

Madonna, Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger's estranged wife Maria Shriver were among the stars at the taping of Oprah Winfrey's final chat show episodes.
Around 13,000 people attended the recording at the United Centre in Chicago - for two shows that will air on May 23 and 24, ahead of the last episode on May 25 - and saw the galaxy of celebrities pay tribute to the inspirational television presenter yesterday (17.05.11).
Tom - who famously jumped up and down on the couch on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' while discussing his love for Katie Holmes - claimed the 57-year-old personality taught people how to "change" themselves.
He told the audience: "You have always had the power to change lives. And that is the lesson you brought."
Madonna revealed she admired Oprah because she was a "self made woman" who has shown people that hard work and determination pay off.
She said: "It's no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah. She's a self-made woman who's been at the top of her game for over 25 years and she is still kicking ass and encouraging people to dream big to work hard, to read a book, to ask questions, to get an education no matter who you are or where you come from."
Maria - who recently split from 'Terminator' actor Arnold after it was revealed he had fathered a secret love child with a member of their household staff - came on stage with Oprah's friend Gayle King.
Speaking to the chat show host, Maria said: "You have given me love, support, wisdom and most of all truth."
Jamie Foxx serenaded Oprah with a version of 'Isn't She Lovely', before the song's original writer Stevie Wonder rose up from under the stage to perform a new track he had written specifically for her.
Beyonce Knowles also sang her new hit 'Run the World (Girls)', while Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle sang 'Over the Rainbow' from 'The Wizard of Oz'.
It was also announced at the end of the tapings that 25 new libraries are to be built across the US in Oprah's honour, while Diane Sawyer added 25,000 oak trees will be planted in tribute to her.

Source: Contactmusic.

Hanks, Cruise, Madonna help Oprah go out in style
By Matthew Lewis Matthew Lewis – Wed May 18, 12:16 am ET
Reporting by Matthew Lewis, editing by Jill Serjeant.

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey kicked off one of her last-ever national talk shows on Tuesday with hugs from Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Madonna in a packed Chicago arena.
"She's a self-made woman who's been at the top of her game for over 25 years -- and she's still kicking a**," Madonna told a delighted audience of about 13,000 as a stunned-looking Winfrey stood beside her onstage.
The show, being taped on Tuesday for airing on May 23 and 24, is billed as "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" because not even the talk show queen was said to have known who would be appearing.
Winfrey's final original "Oprah Winfrey Show", whose contents are still under wraps, will air on May 25, bringing to a close 25 years of the most-watched daytime talk show on U.S. television.
"Your show has turned surprise into an art form," Hanks told Winfrey on Tuesday. "Oprah Winfrey, today you are surrounded by nothing but love. Your studio was not big enough to hold it all, so here we are," Hanks said, gesturing around the glittering basketball arena and concert venue.
Shortly after, Madonna walked onstage and praised Winfrey for her courage. "It's no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah," she said. "I am one of those people ... She fights for things she believes in, even if it makes her unpopular ... I have learned so much from her."
A beaming Cruise told Winfrey it was an honor to have been on her show 12 times since 1988. Referring to his first appearance on the show 23 years ago, Winfrey quipped, "You looked like you were 10."
R&B singer Beyonce prefaced a song and dance performance by declaring, "Oprah Winfrey, because of you, women everywhere have graduated to a new level of understanding of what we are, who we are, and who we can be ... We can run the world!"
The show also featured Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry and singer-actress Queen Latifah. Josh Groban and Patti LaBelle sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," and comedy stars Tina Fey and Steve Carell sent in video-taped tributes.
Winfrey, regarded as the most influential woman on U.S. television, is wrapping the final season of her syndicated Chicago-based show to devote more energy to her fledgling OWN cable network, which launched in January.
Winfrey announced in November 2009 that she would end her talk show, which airs five days a week on Walt Disney Co's ABC and in some 140 countries.

Source: Reuters.

Madonna, Beyonce, Usher Highlight Oprah's Final Shows
by Lindsay Powers, The Hollywood Reporter | May 18, 2011 8:48 EDT

More than 20,000 people packed Chicago's United Center to watch the celebrity-packed live taping of Oprah Winfrey's second and third final shows.
Before the show even started, a man proposed to his girlfriend on-stage -- who accepted as the audience cheered on. Among those in the audience: Oprah BFF Gayle King, former Chicago mayor Richard Daly, the Food Network's Tyler Florence and NFL's Emmitt Smith.
Tom Hanks hosted the first hour.
"Now Oprah, I know you do not like surprises. Let me see if I can put you at ease. There was an English playwright who said there's no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved, and that is what tonight is all about... pulling off this little show at the United Center has been the best kept secrets," he said.
The first guest was Tom Cruise (who did not jump on any couches). Joked Winfrey: "You looked like you were 10 when you on my show in 1988. And what was up with my hair?" She says he's been on the show 12 times.
Next, "America's Got Talent's" Jackie Evancho sings from "The Wizard of Oz," when she is joined by Josh Groban to sing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." They were joined by Patti LaBelle, who brought down the house with the audience cheering and clapping as Oprah kept bringing her hands to her face. LaBelle kicked off her shoes into the audience midsong.
"We're just 10 minutes into the show!" Oprah enthused.
Next Madonna took the stage. "You look surprised," she said. "Yeah, kinda!" said Oprah.
"It's no secret that millions of people are inspired by Oprah. I am one of them." Madonna said she only has one living role model: Oprah. "She's a self-made woman who's been at the top of her game for over 25 years and she is still kicking ass. And she is still kicking ass!"
Between each celeb guest or performance, a video broadcast on three giant screens in the United Center, where the Chicago Bulls normally play. Videos ranged from Oprah's most memorable moments ("You get a car!") to embarrassing bloopers (awkwardly dancing with MC Hammer) to skits with celebs like Tina Fey and Steve Carell.
(...) The first hour wrapped up with all the stars returning to stage and Oprah hugging them one by one.
"I feel the love!" said Oprah, who had mascara running down her cheeks. "And I thank you for it. Thank you for being a part of this great night, this celebration for what you have done for the Oprah Winfrey Show. ... your being here tonight.... honors me in the deepest way possible."
(...) The shows will air in a two-part series on May 23 and May 24. Her final show airs May 25.

Source: Billboard.

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