On Sept. 8, 1986, Oprah was introduced to the nation after becoming a talk-show star in Chicago. Her show has become perhaps the most influential talk show in television history, and its last episode is slated for Wednesday, May 25. Click inside to see our collection of Oprah content.
Here are three things you need to know about “The Oprah Winfrey Show" as the finale approaches.
1. On Sept. 8, 1986, Oprah was introduced to the nation after becoming a talk-show star in Chicago. Her show has become perhaps the most influential talk show in television history.
2. The show's last week on TV will feature three episodes: Monday and Tuesday will be shows from the United Center, which a host of celebrities attended, and Wednesday's finale is being kept secret.
3. The Monday and Tuesday shows are called "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular." Among the stars who will appear are Michael Jordan, Tom Cruise, Maria Shriver, Madonna, Josh Grobin, Patti LaBelle and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. * Check out the Chicago Tribune's coverage of the shows (which were taped May 17).
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" resources:
Oprah on Twitter (see the latest tweets under the video package below) * Official Oprah website * Chicago Tribune's Oprah page * CNN: How Oprah has changed us * Oprah on Facebook * Oprah's YouTube channel