Gwen Stefani

No doubt, Gwen Stefani is rock's reigning queen. Gwen was just a girl from Orange County when she became the lead singer for a garage band started by her brother, prophetically called No Doubt. Her over-the-top performances propelled the small local group to worldwide stardom, selling over 30 million records and earning them three Grammys. Now Gwen's going solo with her first album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., which also lends its name to her clothing line's acronym, L.A.M.B. Not only is her career on fire, Gwen's found true love with husband and fellow rocker Gavin Rossdale. With so many of her dreams coming true, what's it like to be Gwen?

"I think my favorite part is probably just being able to be creative," Gwen says. "I think it just fulfills me to be able to challenge myself and think things up and then see if I can make it happen, and when it does and people like it, it makes me feel…like I'm on this kind of Alice in Wonderland trip."
Abby, Gwen Stefani's biggest fan

Much like Gwen, her biggest fan Abby has no fear of being herself and has an enormous love of life. Since the age of 14, Abby has been diabetic, but has managed to control the disease. Today, she's an art instructor to 20 mentally retarded and autistic adults. Abby's been a fan of Gwen's since the beginning of No Doubt and even saved for weeks to buy a pair of pants from Gwen's L.A.M.B. clothing line!

So with Gwen on board, our covert operation was up and running. While Abby and her mother were at the movies, Gwen popped on the screen to give Abby her special surprise. Guess what Abby? You're going to the Grammy Awards to meet your idol, Gwen Stefani!
Models wearing L.A.M.B.

Abby's dream was finally coming true—she got to meet her inspiring favorite rocker, Gwen, and party with the stars! She even got a Grammy makeover—hair by Gwen's stylist and a fabulous clothing from Gwen's line. As an additional surprise from Gwen—Abby gets a new wardrobe to wow them in the classroom from L.A.M.B.

Abby: When I met Gwen it was like I had known her for years. 'Of course, that's her. I know her!' But it was very exciting. You know, she's so easy to talk to.

Oprah: Isn't she down for a rock star? She's so down!

Abby: It's so refreshing.
Enrique Iglesias

It's no wonder Enrique Iglesias has a legion of fans—with 16 number one hits, two Grammy Awards and over 30 million records sold, he's hot, hot, hot!

But for Enrique, the best part about the fame will always be giving back to the fans.

"It's really what keeps me going," Enrique says. "It really does. It makes me feel good because you work a lot. It's a tough business, you know, the music world. And whenever you see fans, you're like, 'This is why you do this.'"
Enrique Iglesias and biggest fan

Enrique was ready for our surprise mission—and we were ready to get his biggest fan, Elisa, good!

Elisa had written Oprah before, asking to meet the man of her dreams—Enrique Iglesias. But in order to really throw her off, we enlisted her mother, Grace, to help with our scheme. In another letter, Elisa had asked the show to fulfill her mother's dream of becoming a backup singer. So to "make mom's dream come true," we tricked Elisa to come along for the ride for moral support as her mom tried out to be a backup singer at The Hit Factory where Enrique creates his hit songs. Little did Elisa know that Enrique was there to surprise her and give her a day she'd never forget!

Enrique: How are you doing? Good singing, huh? You had no idea?

Elisa: Oh, my God! Are any of you guys real singers?

Enrique: Everybody knew [about the surprise]!
Elisa, Enrique Inglesias' biggest fan

Enrique gave Elisa the grand tour of the studio—and then, it was on to Miami! Enrique spent the whole day with Elisa, giving her the VIP treatment in his home city. He even serenaded his biggest fan with her favorite song, "Hero." The best part? Enrique gave Elisa two lifetime passes to any of his concerts, anywhere in the world!

"The whole day was amazing," Elisa says. "I have my tissues in my hand now just watching it again. It was my dream come true. It really was. I couldn't have asked for anything more."
Hilary Duff

To hatch our next fan surprise we needed the hottest teen star in the business, Hilary Duff. This "tween" hero first made a name for herself starring in the Disney television show, Lizzie McGuire, and The Lizzie McGuire Movie. She's also had major roles in Cinderella Story and Cheaper by the Dozen. Oh, and she's also a multi-platinum recording star with two solo albums: Metamorphosis and Hilary Duff.

When Hilary read this fan letter, she knew exactly what had to be done.

"My name is Michelle. I am 16 years old, and I'm Hilary Duff's hugest fan ever. From the time I was 3 years old I've always been obese. People teased me growing up and I just had a rough life. I was severely ridiculed for being heavy. … I would look in the mirror and be, like, 'I hate myself.' And I just remember sitting there, crying. Through it all Hilary Duff was there—a lot of her songs were so feel-good. When I hit ninth grade, I joined a 12-step program to help with my addictions. … I wasn't eating to live. I was living to eat.

"During that time, I would watch Hilary. When her CD, Metamorphosis came out, I laughed because it perfectly described my transformation. I had a metamorphosis. I would listen to it constantly. I lost 85 pounds and gained confidence in myself. Whenever I felt that I needed a place to go and a place to turn to, I just turned on my Hilary CD. I want to be an actress. I want to be a singer. And seeing her do it is inspirational to me. If I meet Hilary Duff, all my sweet 16 wishes will come true."
Hilary and Michelle

Hilary videotaped a note, which Michelle first heard in bed when we woke her up for her wildest dream! "Surprise! It's me, Hilary Duff. I heard you wrote into The Oprah Winfrey Show saying that you were my number one fan. Thank you so much for that. And I've got some news for you, too. Pack your bags because you're heading to California. We're going to spend the day together and I'm going to show you everything I do to get ready for the show."

When she arrived in California, Michelle was thrilled to hear the day's plan: A ride on Hilary's touring bus, an all-access pass and front-row tickets to Hilary's concert, and some time to hang out backstage with Hilary and her sister, Haylie. The backstage party really started when Michelle whipped out some Tarot cards from home and read Hilary's future.

Michelle even had a chance to be famous. "I was walking into one of the meet-and-greets and somebody goes, 'Oh, look, that's one of Hilary's entourage,'" Michelle says. "I felt kind of cool—like one of the gang."

"Thank you so much, Hilary and Haylie," Michelle says. "It was like a dream come true. And, Oprah, it was the best day I have ever had and I will never forget it. Thank you."
FROM: Gwen Stefani, Hilary Duff and Enrique Iglesias Surprise Their Biggest Fans
Published on February 22, 2005


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