"I had watched Sidney Poitier win the Academy Award® as a 10-year-old girl. I remember thinking that if he could do that, I wonder what I could do. He has been and is an enormous role model for me."
Oprah felt disappointed with herself after the interview to the point of tears—ugly tears. "I sobbed and cried because I felt I was not good enough for Sidney," she remembers. "I felt like I didn't ask any questions that I should have asked. … I felt like he would never know that I was a smart person with a brain in my head."
Just when Oprah thought she couldn't feel any worse about an interview, the phone rang! It was Sidney calling to tell Oprah he felt the same way.
"It was life-changing," Oprah remembers while speaking to the audience. "I was like, 'Oh my God—"
Mid-sentence, the audience erupts into applause and a puzzled Oprah looks behind her to see what all the cheering is about— a special guest is here to surprise Oprah!