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Multiplatform competition has sapped her ratings, but as Oprah Winfrey prepares for her last episode on May 25, she remains the undisputed queen of celebrity/lifestyle media, reaching more viewers a day—6 million—than the Today show. Here, a look at 25 years of being all things to all women.

PERSONAL REVELATIONS

1986

Introduces best friend, Gayle

1989

Introduces boyfriend, Stedman

1993

Introduces personal trainer, Bob Greene

2009

Introduces dog, Sadie

2011

Introduces secret half-sister, Patricia


MOST APPEARANCES BY CELEBRITY GUESTS

15

Will Smith

Billy Crystal

16

Tina Turner

Maria Shriver

Tom Cruise

Tyra Banks

18

Barbara Walters

Jim Carrey

20

John Travolta

21

Patti LaBelle

Julia Roberts

22

Halle Berry

Mariah Carey

26

Chris Rock

27

Céline Dion


GROUPS REUNITED ON TV BY OPRAH

Survivors of the Jonestown Massacre

The Little Rock 9

A family of Rwandan refugees

Cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show


WHAT LIZ LEMON SAID THAT OPRAH SMELLED LIKE ON 30 ROCK:

Rose Water and Warm Laundry


THREE (SELF-REPORTED) OPRAH EXES

John Tesh

Reginald Chevalier*

Roger Ebert

*Billy Dee Williams look-alike; met on a pre-syndication episode on celebrity dopplegängers.


OPRAH’S (SELF-REPORTED) WEIGHT OVER THE YEARS

1987: 200

1988: 212

1988: 145

1992: 237

2004: 160

2008: 200


SECRETS REVEALED TO OPRAH

Homosexuality (Greg Louganis, 1995; Ricky Martin, 2010)

Fabulism (James Frey, 2006)

Pornography addiction (Gospel singer Kirk Franklin, 2005)

"Baby Addiction” (Nadya Suleman, 2011)

Incest (Mackenzie Phillips, 2009)

The original ending to the Twilight saga’s New Moon (Stephenie Meyer, 2009)

Having the first name “Mary” (Oprah’s fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Duncan, 1989)

Abduction by aliens (Constance Morgan and Dorothy Wallis, 1987)

Being pregnant (Halle Berry, 2007)

Being pregnant while being a man (Thomas Beatie, 2008)

Favorite cereal brand (Al Gore, 2000; it’s Wheaties)


MOST-WATCHED EPISODES

“Oprah Makeovers” (February 2, 1993)

“I Killed My Ex and His Wife” (March 2, 1992)

“Michael Jackson” (February 10, 1993)*

“Celebrity Hall of Fame” (February 11, 1993)

“Diet Dreams Come True” (November 15, 1988)

*Preview show that ran the afternoon of her prime-time interview with Jackson

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