Fannie Eugene's live-to-give spirit was so inspiring, she received two Oprah Show surprises! In February 2003, Oprah donned a crown and scepter to bestow a very important honor—Princess for a Day—on Fannie.
According to friends and family, Fannie's generosity was legendary. After the death of her younger sister, Fannie took in her nephew and two nieces and raised them alongside her children. To support her family, she worked as a housekeeper and nanny.
To give her the royal break she deserved, Oprah treated Fannie to maid service for a year, an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City and a new set of wheels.
Then, in 2005, Fannie and her family lost everything to Hurricane Katrina. Her new van helped them safely escape the storm, but two years after the storm blew through, Oprah found out that Fannie's family was still living in a FEMA trailer. "So we pulled out the throne, invited Princess Fannie back and hooked her up," Oprah said.
Nate Berkus jumped in to help finish Fannie's home and decorate each room personally. Fannie says she loves her home so much, she held her niece's wedding there in the summer of 2008.