The Way It Was
by Marcia Froelke Coburn
Great moments in O's TV history
Becomes host of A.M. Chicago
A.M. Chicago is renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Does last interview with Liberace; he dies two months later of AIDS.
Elizabeth Taylor appears on the show and refuses to answer questions about men, marriage, and jewelry. Leaves Oprah at a loss for words
After losing 67 pounds, Oprah pulls a red wagon of fat onto the stage.
When the abuse victim Truddi Chase appears on the show, Oprah breaks down in tears and admits her own sexual molestation.
Oprah announces her engagement to Stedman Graham.
During a show on the cattle industry, Oprah says she was “stopped . . . cold from eating another burger” after hearing about mad-cow disease. Texas cattlemen sue her.
Oprah appears on the cover of Vogue.
O, The Oprah Magazine becomes the most successful magazine launch in history.
Every audience member gets a Pontiac.
Tom Cruise jumps on Oprah’s sofa, proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes.
Oprah rips into the author James Frey for his “fictionalized” memoir, A Million Little Pieces.
Tina Turner and Cher talk with Oprah about aging.
Photography: (Stedman) Neal Preston/Corbis; (O magazine) Walter Weissman/Globe Photos Inc.