The Oprah Winfrey Show: Reflections on an American Legacy

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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 ...

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Overview

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 Legacy:

“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 Today

“[A] sumptuous 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

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Forty million viewers tuned in weekly to The Oprah Winfrey Show and won't soon forget it. This lavish illustrated celebration will not only keep alive memories; it will add new ones with its ensemble tribute of this American institution.

David Garber

Publishers Weekly
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. With smart essays from writers like Stanley Crouch and Maya Angelou and weaker testimonials from such stars as John Travolta and Julia Roberts, Davis (Guest of Honor) balances hagiography and celebrity worship with sober accounts of how Winfrey’s show created a public space—and vocabulary—to discuss such previously taboo topics as rape and molestation, eating disorders, postpartum depression, debt, even obesity. Her legacy, Davis argues, can be seen in how her show underscored the importance (and expanded the definition) of wellness—spiritual, financial, physical—for women. So much of Winfrey’s rise from her hardscrabble Mississippi childhood has passed into legend, and Angelou’s small, sparkling essay is especially valuable for its ability to takes us back to Winfrey’s origins and identify the source of her fortitude: how she sought sanctuary from lethal racism in the library, memorizing poems from Langston Hughes and Paul Dunbar, and learning that, in Angelou’s phrase, “Black was not only beautiful, but also exquisite.” There are a few forced attempts to brand Oprah and her best friend Gayle as a latter-day Laverne and Shirley; the book shines when it stays away from mythmaking and 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. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781419700590
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/15/2011
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 251,399
  • Product dimensions: 10.80 (w) x 13.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Deborah Davis is the author of Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X (Tarcher/Putnam, 2003), Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball (Wiley, 2006), The Secret Lives of Frames: 100 Years of Art and Artistry (Filipacchi Publishing, 2007), Gilded: How Newport Became the Richest Resort in America (Wiley, 2009), and the upcoming Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner that Shocked a Nation, which will be published in Fall 2011 by Atria/S&S. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey.

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    Simply Stunning!!!!

    I received this stunning book as a gift from a co-worker and I couldn't stop marveling at this lovely book. This is the perfect coffee table accessory. The beautiful large gold hardcover is so elegant it's the perfect conversation piece. And the reflection pics with brief stories for some will have you saying... "yeah, I remember that episode". Great job to the author and publishers!

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