WATCH: Oprah takes an emotional walk down memory lane at new Watching Oprah museum exhibit

2018-06-08 11:36

Cape Town – Oprah Winfrey and her lifelong best friend and CBS This Morning co-host, Gail King took an emotional walk down memory lane at the new Watching Oprah Smithsonian exhibit.

The media mogul, along with CBS cameras, walked through the dedicated exhibit reminiscing about the countless milestone moments she has encountered.

The exhibit begins where Oprah’s story does – the day she was born on 29 January 1954. From there it follows a life story that was impacted by culture and in turn, impacted culture.


Discussing her dedicated display before walking through it for the first time, Oprah shares how the exhibit came about revealing that there was a lot that she wasn’t actually involved in.

“I think they wanted to draw a line between the fact that I had worked as a part of the board to curate the museum and then not having anything to do with whatever was going into this exhibit.

“So, there were archivists who had been working on this for the past couple of years and they would come to me - they really worked with my team headed my Amy Weinblum – and they would literally ask for diaries and were looking for the first speeches I wrote when I was 12 and all of that stuff.”

Speaking about what the exhibit means to her, Oprah says she hadn’t given it much thought but realises what a massive deal it is.

“I just started thinking about this last night, because I’m very much a present moment person, and I thought, ‘This is a really big deal.’

Oprah adds that she is most proud of the fact that while the Oprah Winfrey Show has been off air for so long it still impacts people today.

“The thing that makes me most proud is that it’s about watching Oprah, watching the Oprah Winfrey Show and its impact on the culture, because it’s been off the air for 7 years now and there is not a day that I go anywhere in the world that there aren’t several people who come up to me and tell the impact the show has had on them.


Watch Oprah opens for public viewing at the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

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