Oprah's Most Memorable Moments

Nov. 20 2009, Published 6:08 a.m. ET

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In the 25 years that she has been on the air, Oprah has run the gamut of entertainment and serious news.

From teaching the correct technique of sexual performance to crying on the stage when the first black president was elected, Oprah Winfrey’s show impacted American culture and made her the richest person in entertainment. remembers her most significant moments:

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Oprah's at home interview with Michael Jackson showed the King of Pop during a rare appearance.  On the episode he revealed that he suffered from the skin pigment disorder known as Vitiligo.  In a later episode, Oprah asked Lisa Marie Presley about her marriage to the Jackson and her comment was “Holy mother of God!”

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Never mess with Oprah’s Book Club!  After it was revealed that James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, made up the major points in his story, Oprah had him back on to her show in 2006 to chastise him publicly for lying to her.  Oprah told Frey “I feel duped and disappointed. I feel that you conned us all.”

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At the premiere of Oprah’s 19th season she surprised the audience in September 2004 by giving all 276 guests and brand new Pontiac G-6 2005 sports sedan! Winfrey jumped up and down on her stage screaming “Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!”

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However, the most memorable moment of all may be in 2005, when Tom Cruise started his major career crash by couch surfing on the Oprah show.  Jumping up and down on the sofa, pumping his fists and declaring his love for Katie Holmes, while forgetting how the two met, stands out as the beginning of his decline in popularity.  Oprah was shocked, viewers went crazy, and the couch surfing spawned parodies of the incident on the internet and television.



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