“Oprah,” which premiered in 1986, is still going strong.
Oprah Winfrey, known best just as Oprah, hit the small screen during the reign of talk show host Phil Donahue.
Some talk show hosts—such as Tempestt Bledsoe, Carnie Wilson and Morton Downey Jr.—have come and gone, but Oprah continues to endure. In the past, her book club selections have catapulted authors into literary stardom.
And some of her protégées have gone on to do very well in their own rights. (Just ask Dr. Phil McGraw).
And who doesn’t want to be in Oprah’s audience when she does her “favorite things” segments, where she gives out her favorite products to the audience?
I think my all-time favorite shows were when Oprah went on the road with the Goddess of Rock and Roll, the one, the only, Tina Turner. (Oprah even got to perform with Tina during a concert, performing “Simply the Best.” And I loved when Felicity Huffman of “Desperate Housewives” got to be one of Tina’s backup singers during an episode of the show.
See Tom Cruise on “Oprah” (that poor couch!):
Check out Oprah being interviewed by David (“Uma … Oprah”) Letterman:
See Oprah, Tina, Felicity and Lisa Fischer just after performing: