A day in the life of Oprah Winfrey starts bright and early. Oprah arrives at her "dream job" around 6 a.m. to get in a 40-minute workout before the first taping of the day. Then, after breakfast, it's off to the makeup chair. While Andre does Oprah's hair and Reggie applies her makeup, producers have a “pre-show briefing” to walk her through the plan for that day's shows.
Prepped, primped and dressed to the nines, Oprah's ready to start the show! Oprah heads down to the studio to start taping—for this show, it's with Kirstie Alley. Then it's back upstairs for meetings, meetings...and more meetings.
Then, after her daily O Magazine phone call with Gayle to finalize the current issue, Oprah heads to the Oprah Radio radio studio. There, she says she gets to do what she loves most—talk to viewers about anything and everything!
It doesn't stop there...after a long week, Oprah packs her bags for a very special trip.
Oprah is putting the finishing touches on the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, which is set to open in South Africa in January 2007. She's also working on a book about the experience, which will feature photos of the students and the story of the building.
During her trip, Oprah interviews a hundred potential students for her school. Then, she hops back on a plane and makes it back to Chicago in time to start taping shows all over again.
Though Annie started out as a painting major at the San Francisco Art Institute, she's now known as one of the most celebrated photographers in America. Her photos have graced the covers of Vanity Fair, Vogue and Rolling Stone, and she's best known for her intimate celebrity portraits.
In the '80s, Annie photographed Demi Moore and Bruce Willis's wedding, and more recently, she captured intimate moments between Katie Holmes, Tom Cruise and their newborn daughter, Suri.
"Whether she's photographing the famous and powerful—or simply the woman next door—Annie always captures something unexpected and deeply personal," Oprah says.
A typical day at the office for Annie is anything but typical. Most days, Annie's dream job takes her to exotic locations. Annie recently photographed actress Kirsten Dunst in Paris's Palace of Versailles for Vogue—it was the first fashion shoot in this famous locale in more than 20 years!
One of her most famous photographs captures a haunting moment in history. Annie photographed musician John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, just hours before he was murdered on December 8, 1980. In the photo, John poses nude next to Yoko and kisses her on the cheek.
Oprah believes that another photograph Annie took has changed the way women view their pregnancies. The photo captures a very pregnant Demi Moore posing nude for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. "I don't think [Demi and I] really knew what we had done when we did it," Annie says. "I mean, the picture came out of nowhere."
In the book, A Photographer's Life Annie shares a collection of intimate photographs, featuring celebrities, herself and the people she loves most.
Some of their best family memories are made at her estate in New York's Hudson Valley. She searched for years to find the perfect gathering place for her large, tight-knit extended family, and a separate stone cottage on the property is her and her children's favorite place.
"I love raising my children. I thought the world was flat before I had my kids, and now it's round," she says. "It is wonderful. All the clichés are true, every single one."
Like any proud parent, Annie takes photos of her children growing up. She displays precious family photographs in her living room, and she does a series of photographs on each of the girls' birthdays.
Annie says she's happy to be an inspiration to older women who think it's too late to start a family. "I don't think anything prepares you for it, but it's the best the time of my life. It really is," Annie says. "You get to grow up all over again."
"No way is this 11-year-old singing," Simon says. "I genuinely couldn't believe it—I have never heard anything like it before in my life. Potentially one of the best voices I have ever heard."
Bianca takes the stage to perform her winning song, "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," from the musical Dreamgirls.
Growing up in the Philippines with 10 siblings, Cris says there were always mouths to feed. Years ago, her family came to America to make their dreams come true.
Cris worked her way up to the White House kitchen, where she became the assistant chef for the Clintons. She beat, whipped and pureed for 10 years before being promoted to chief chef!
Her main job is to prepare the family's breakfasts, lunches, dinners and the occasional late-night nibble. "They do a lot of sneaking around so, you know, whenever they have a taste for something like a little bite of a cookie or fudge, we have something. They're very healthy eaters as well," Cris says.
One of Mrs. Bush's favorite dishes is Cris's roasted pumpkin squash soup.
It's the big White House parties that this chef lives for. She says one of her favorite official dinners was for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla.
Cris says she's definitely living a dream come true. "If it's a dream," she says, "I don't want to wake up from it!"