For the past twenty-five years, no one has been better at revealing secrets than Oprah Winfrey. On what is arguably the most influential show in television history, her guests - often the biggest celebrities in the world - have bared their love lives, explored their painful pasts, admitted their transgressions, revealed their pleasures and explored their demons. In turn, Oprah has repeatedly allowed her audience to share in her own life story, opening up about the sexual abuse in her past and discussing her romantic relationships, her weight problems, her spiritual beliefs, her charitable donations, and her strongly held views on the state of the world. After a quarter of a century of the Oprah-ization of America, can there be any more secrets left to reveal? The answer is yes. Kitty Kelly has, over the same period of time, fearlessly and relentlessly investigated and written about the world's most revered icons: she has now given us an unvarnished look at the stories Oprah has told and the life she's lead. Kelley has talked to Oprah's closest family members and business associates. She has obtained court records, birth certificates, financial and tax records, and even copies of Oprah's legendary (and punishing) confidentiality agreements. She has probed every aspect of Oprah Winfrey's life, and it is as if she has written the most extraordinary segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show ever filmed - one in which Oprah herself is fully revealed. There is a case to be made, and it is certainly made in this book, that Oprah Winfrey is an important, and even great, figure of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. But there is also a case to be made that even greatness needs to be examined and put under a microscope. Fact must be separated from myth, truth from hype. Kitty Kelly has made that separation, showing both sides of Oprah as they have never been shown before. In doing so she has written a psychologically perceptive and meticulously researched book that will surprise and thrill everyone who reads it. .
[Crows Nest, N.S.W.] : 2013
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