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20 of the Most Iconic Moments from the Oprah Winfrey Show That Still Give Us Goosebumps

Philanthropist, feminist, and talk show host extraordinaire Oprah Winfrey turns 62 today. It's the perfect time to go back to some of her most iconic interviews from The Oprah Winfrey Show , considering no one can put her interviewees at ease and on the spot simultaneously to get answers to some of the most difficult questions quite like she can.

When she spoke about sexual abuse

In 1986, in an attempt to bring attention to the issue of child molestation, Oprah opened up about being sexually abused as a child on her show. From then on, she became a champion of survivors of sexual abuse.

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When she lost 67 pounds

In 1988, in what came to be known as the 'wagon of fat,' a much thinner Oprah wheeled out 67 pounds of fat on stage as a way of showing how much weight she'd lost. Over the years, she's been honest about her struggle with her weight.

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When she interviewed Michael Jackson

After not giving any interview for 14 years, Michael Jackson sat down with Oprah in 1993 for an honest chat, where he answered a lot of difficult questions. However, the interview predated the allegations of child sexual abuse on the artiste.

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When Ellen DeGeneres came out

In 1997, after keeping her sexuality a secret for many years, another beloved talk show host came out as gay. Ellen appeared on Oprah to talk about why coming out is important.

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When everyone in the audience got a car

In 2004, every audience member of the show got a Pontiac G6 in the Wildest Dreams season in an epic car giveaway, which sealed Oprah's image as a fairy godmother.

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When Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah's couch

In 2005, Tom Cruise was so in love with Katie Holmes, that every time Oprah asked him a question about it he would start jumping on the couch. And, well, now they're divorced.

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When she confronted James Frey for lying in his 'memoir'

Oprah's book club, which has the power to make or break best sellers, chose A Million Little Pieces by James Frey as one of its entries in 2006. But when it was reported that he may have lied or embellished parts of the book, Oprah called him on her show and called him out on it.

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When Oprah discovered The Secret

In 2007, Oprah discovered The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, and being the philanthropist she is, called the author on her show and shared it with her viewers.

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When Tommy Hilfiger cleared the racism rumours

Despite never having been on the show, for years Tommy Hilfiger dealt with a rumour that Oprah had once asked him if he had said that his clothes were not made for minorities and he had said yes. So, in 2007, she called him on the show to clarify matters.
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When the 'pregnant man' came on the show

In 2008, Thomas Beatie came on the show because Oprah was intrigued about the first 'pregnant man' in history.

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When Aishwarya Rai tied a sari for Oprah

In 2005, Aishwarya Rai went on the show and showed Oprah how to tie a sari .

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When Rudine Howard discussed anorexia

In 1989, Rudine Howard weighed 58 pounds at the age of 29. She came on the show to discuss her struggle with anorexia and her complicated and heartbreaking relationship with food.

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When Jacqui Saburido talked about surviving a drunk-driving accident

In 2003, Jacqui Saburido appeared on the show to talk about surviving an accident by a drunk driver which left her severely burnt and disfigured.

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When Black Eyed Peas did a flash mob for Oprah

One of the coolest things to happen on the show, Black Eyed Peas and the show's producers got 21,000 people to do a flash mob to surprise Oprah in 2009.
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When the cast of FRIENDS appeared on the show after their last episode

This is all we have in the name of a reunion with the entire cast. All six FRIENDS haven't been together since this interview in 2004.

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When Oprah dealt with racism head on

In 1987, Oprah visited Forsyth County, Georgia, a county where no black person had lived for 75 Years.

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When Lindsay Lohan admitted to being an addict

In 2013, Lindsay Lohan sat down with Oprah for her first post-rehab interview and answered some tough questions about battling addiction.

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When the Obamas came on the show

In 2011, Michelle and Barack Obama came on the show, which was significant for many reasons, not the least of which was that it was taped a few days before Osama Bin Laden was killed. The episode aired a few days after it.

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When Rihanna spoke about Chris Brown

In 2012, Rihanna talked about Chris Brown being her one true love on the show.

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When Lance Armstrong confessed to doping

Fallen hero Lance Armstrong spoke to Oprah about the doping allegations in 2013.

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