The Oprah Winfrey Show came to an end on May 25, 2011,
after 25 years on television. Arguably the most influential
television personality of all time, Ms. Winfrey and her show have
had an impact on American culture that cannot be overstated. This
beautifully illustrated book will explore and celebrate the legacy
of the show using essays and tributes from a stellar group of
contributors including Maya Angelou, Bono, Ellen DeGeneres, Nelson
Mandela, Toni Morrison, Julia Roberts, Maria Shriver, Gloria
Steinem, John Travolta, and more. The book will feature photographs
from the Harpo archive, spanning the 25 years the show has been on
the air, including the farewell season.
Essays within the book will be dedicated to different themes (e.g.,
personal growth, social action, and literature) and will explore
how the show has touched people's lives and impacted the
conversation around those issues. The essays will be followed by
narrative text, which will guide the reader through the history of
the show's involvement with each topic and will include stories
about the events, people, and organizations that have acted as
touchstones or provided insights along the way. Accompanying the
essays and narrative text will be images from the show,
behind-the-scenes photographs, as well as signature portraits of
the contributing celebrities taken by noted photographers.
The book will allow Oprah Winfrey Show fans to understand
the broad cultural impact of the show, while revisiting favorite
guests, episodes, and stories.
Praise for Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American
"A lavish and loving tribute to the television personality,
icon, and philanthropist makes a powerful case for Oprah's
centrality and influence on American culture. . . . The book shines
when it . . . gives us, in its gorgeous photographs,
behind-the-scenes glimpses of the empty studio, the primping
process (with no fewer than three makeup artists), and the vast
army of producers and writers behind Oprah's magic."
"A big, glossy paean to the queen of talk . . . A chance to relive
the first twenty-five years of 'aha' moments." -USA
tribute to the talk-show icon." -Washington Post (A Best
Book of 2011)
"This is a perfect
gift for any Oprah fan or anyone just looking for inspiration."
-Dallas Morning News