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April 18, 2015

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Oprah Hair Transformation

    This was Oprah in 1986, the same year 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' entered national syndication. Oprah brought her style of emotional reporting to the main stream wearing a short hair style with feathered bangs. Winfrey's look said "working mother" not "power broker." (Photo: AP)

    Perhaps inspired by shocking '80s hair styles, Oprah teased her hair to towering heights in 1987. By this time, her show was the highest rated talk show in television history. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Fast forward to 1996: Almost ten years later, Winfrey's look is considerably more stylish. By this time she has established her media dominance, becoming the third woman in entertainment history to found her own production facility, Harpo Studios. (Photo: Chris Kasson, AP)

    In the year 2000, Oprah began to take her hair to new lengths, while keeping a demure sensibility. This was also the year she launched O, The Oprah Magazine. (Photo: Kevin Winter, Getty Images)

    By 2004, Oprah took her magazine game to the next level with the introduction of O at Home. Her hair was spunkier and younger, with layers that finally gave it a modern silhouette. (Photo: Carlo Allegri, Getty Images)

    Oprah also began exploring more feminine hair styles in 2004. She looked almost girlish in chin-length curls as she received the United Nations Association's Global Humanitarian Action Award that year. (Photo: Getty Images)

    Winfrey finally began looking more like a woman of power in 2005. She softened a severe bob by bending the ends under slightly for a sophisticated finish. (Photo: Getty Images)

    At the 60th annual Tony Awards later in 2006, Oprah seemed to take two steps back with her hair, perhaps looking to keep it simple. Her hair lacked volume and shine, but at least it looked like it was all real! (Photo: Seth Wenig, AP)

    In a look almost inspired by Marilyn Monroe, Oprah wore a softer bob in early 2006. (Photo: Paul Hawthorne, Getty Images)

    In 2007, Oprah often wore soft curls. While not her first attempt at rocking this hair style, the more recent rendition looked more natural. (Photo: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images)


Some of Winfrey's closest friends, including her best friend Gayle King, celebrity chef/ and talk show host Rachael Ray, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' special correspondent, Lisa Ling, and superstar singer Alicia Keys are a few boldfaced names offering insight into the life and legacy of the multi-media powerhouse.

Shortly after helping Ray to launch her own talk show, reports surfaced that Winfrey and the Food Network star were in a tiff about the direction of Ray's show. In the new E! show, Ray sets the record straight, calling the rumors, "complete garbage and utterly ridiculous," adding, "I've never feuded with Oprah. I've never disagreed with Oprah. I've never not taken Oprah's advice 'cause my momma ain't raise no dummy."

Ling offers an intimate look at how vulnerable Winfrey was when her beloved dog, Sophie passed away. Ling reveals that Winfrey had a true breakdown causing show producers to halt production after a video montage of her late dog over the years.

When Winfrey speaks, America listens. The 'True Hollywood' show highlights some of the most controversial shows she has done, including the court battle that she won against cattle farmers in Texas after speaking out against beef, as well as the ups and downs of her very public weight battle. It also touches on how her viewers donated $15 million to post-Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. But, also how criticized she was after endorsing Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama.

The show also features never-before-seen footage from inside the Johannesburg courtroom where dorm matron, Tiny Virginia Mokopo -- of Oprah's Leadership Academy for Girls -- went on trial for alleged abuse. Mokopo has pleaded not guilty and the case has been postponed until later this month.

'Black Enterprise' magazine's Sonia Alleyne reflects on Oprah's legacy in the 'True Hollywood' show, adding, "Living a life of service for Oprah is the reason she's here. It's the reason she exists."

King, Winfrey's best friend and confidante, echos that sentiment, saying that she doesn't think that Oprah should be counted out in 2010 when her show's syndication contract ends.

"I know she still so loves doing what she's doing," she says. "She's never done anything for the money, but she's in a stage in her life where if she wanted to go to her home in California and sit under a tree and read a book for the rest of her life she certainly could do that."

"But, the truth of the matter is Oprah loves working," she adds.

With her new television network, The Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, launching Fall of 2009, we're betting King knows her best friend well.

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