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The Way It Was

Great moments in O's TV history

  1984
Becomes host of A.M. Chicago
  1985
A.M. Chicago is renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show.
  1986
Does last interview with Liberace; he dies two months later of AIDS.
  1987
Elizabeth Taylor appears on the show and refuses to answer questions about men, marriage, and jewelry. Leaves Oprah at a loss for words
  1988
After losing 67 pounds, Oprah pulls a red wagon of fat onto the stage.
  1990
When the abuse victim Truddi Chase appears on the show, Oprah breaks down in tears and admits her own sexual molestation.
  1992
Oprah announces her engagement to Stedman Graham.
  1996
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.
  1998
Oprah appears on the cover of Vogue.
  2000
O, The Oprah Magazine becomes the most successful magazine launch in history.
  2004
Every audience member gets a Pontiac.
  2005
Tom Cruise jumps on Oprah’s sofa, proclaiming his love for Katie Holmes.
  2006
Oprah rips into the author James Frey for his “fictionalized” memoir, A Million Little Pieces.
  2008
Tina Turner and Cher talk with Oprah about aging.

 Photography: (Stedman) Neal Preston/Corbis; (O magazine) Walter Weissman/Globe Photos Inc.

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