Oprah is opening the vault of The Oprah Winfrey Show with 25 years of hand-picked legendary interviews, a-ha moments, ugly cries and unforgettable surprises. A lot has changed since she ended the show, but many of our personal struggles have stayed the same. We’re all still looking to connect, to be seen and to know that we’re not alone. We’re also looking for some joy, some laughs and some much-needed inspiration. As we head into this new decade, what better time to look back and reflect, to take stock of how we’ve grown and to be reminded that we’re all in this together. The Oprah Winfrey Show aired from September 8th, 1986 to May 25, 2011 with 4,561 episodes. The show remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television history, averaging between 10 to 20 million viewers a day.
A Pro Football Player's Secret Shame
From October 18, 2005: Oprah talks to former New York Jets football player Laveranues Coles, who shares the story of the sexual abuse he experienced as a child by his stepfather. Oprah also talks to his mother. Psychologist Dr. Robin Smith weighs in on how people can let go of the shame they feel about their pasts and move forward unshackled.
Walter Cronkite & Katherine Graham
From April 1, 1997: Walter Cronkite and Katherine Graham sit down with Oprah recalling their careers reporting some of the biggest news stories. Oprah calls it a monumental mentor day hearing from two reporters she admires. Walter Cronkite speaks about his New York Times bestselling book, A Reporter's Life, where he shares his experiences covering some of the biggest news stories of his time from the assassination of John F. Kennedy, events of the civil rights movement and the first man to walk on the moon. Oprah also speaks with Katherine Graham about her book Personal History. She was the first woman to head a Fortune 500 company where she commanded Newsweek magazine, the Washington Post and television stations across the nation.
Oprah Goes To Prison: The Pastor Who Killed His Wife
From February 18, 2005: Oprah travels to the North Carolina Maximum Security Prison and interviews a former minister convicted of killing his wife of 24 years. In the studio, she talks to Karen Fox, whose ex-husband, Michael, stabbed her more than 50 times and killed their two children, Lindsay and Jordan. Oprah also talks to Dr. Robi Ludwig, a psychotherapist and regular contributor to Court TV who has been researching spousal homicide for a book called, "Til Death Do Us Part: Love, Marriage, and Mind of the Killer Spouse."
Brooke Shields Struggle For Sanity
From May 4, 2005: Actress Brooke Shields, author of Down Came The Rain, reveals for the first time her real-life nightmare and battle with postpartum depression. Brooke describes the resulting mental collapse after she gave birth to her daughter Rowan, and talks about using medication to treat her depression.
Exclusive: The Amy Fisher Story
From September 27, 2004: Oprah interviews Amy Elizabeth Fisher known as "the Long Island Lolita". In 1992, at the age of 17, Amy shot and severely wounded Mary Jo Buttafuoco. At the time Amy was having an affair with Mary’s Jo’s husband, Joey Buttafuoco. Amy served seven years in prison. After staying out of the public eye she told her story in a book, Amy Fisher: If I Knew Then. Oprah feels there's a larger lesson in Amy's story: "The most important gift any parent can give their children, especially their daughters, is a sense of self-esteem. What happened to Amy doesn't happen to girls who have a sense of self-worth."
Lifestyle Makeovers: Toxic Relationships
From October 9, 2000: Oprah talks about how toxic relationships affect your health and well-being. We all have toxic people in our lives. In this episode we learn the words to say to stand up to toxic friends and family. Guests share how to confront conflict with grace and love.
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