Oprah, Gayle and their look-alikes

Every day, people come from all over the country to Harpo's Chicago studio for tapings of The Oprah Show. But it's not every day that Oprah and Gayle look-alikes are sitting in the audience!

Audience member Caroline says she's often mistaken for Oprah, and another audience member, Michelle, looks just like Gayle. Even Gayle was fooled after seeing Caroline and Michelle on a monitor before the show. "This is so funny because I'm here to tape something else and I walked in Oprah's room and I go, 'When did we shoot that? I don't remember wearing that outfit,'" Gayle says.

Still, Gayle says there's one difference between her and her "twin." "Michelle, you're supposed to get blonde streaks for the summer!" Gayle says.
Lawreen and Randy revved up their sex life.

Some of The Oprah Show 's most intimate conversations happen after the show stops taping. One of those no-holds-barred revelations took place after a show about uncovering the secret to being happy.

Lawreen and Randy were the average suburban couple raising two kids. But after just two years of marriage, something was missing. "After we had our kids, our sex life just kind of vanished. It wasn't a priority anymore, and if my husband wanted it, I thought it was up to him to initiate it," Lawreen says. "The lack of sex was creating unhappiness in the rest of our life. We were snapping at each other. We weren't very patient and understanding."

After seeing an Oprah Show about how important sex was to a marriage, Lawreen realized she needed to spice things up in a big way. "I said, 'This is what we're going to do. We're going to have sex every night. I'm not going to tell him. I'm going to get babysitters. I'm going to make a date,'" she says. Lawreen also started dressing up, wearing more makeup, learned how to strip from DVDs and took belly dancing courses. She also took sex out of the bedroom and brought it into other places in her home.

How did Randy react? "In my mind I thought, 'I know women hit their sexual peak later,'" he says. "I did not question it at all."
Dr. Holden and Oprah

Three years after Lawreen thought up this plan, her and Randy's sex life is still going strong. Lawreen says they still have sex almost every night. "If we don't, it's because we're extremely exhausted or Randy's away on a business trip," Lawreen says. "Not because we don't want to."

In fact, having sex every night has brought Lawreen and Randy closer as a couple. "We're better parents. We're happier people," Lawreen says. "The more sex we have, the more touchy and more affectionate we are with one another. … So we're better parents and our kids, oh, they pick up on this. They feel happy because Mom and Dad are happy."

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Happiness expert Dr. Robert Holden says Lawreen and Randy have the right idea. "I think the big thing, guys, which I really appreciate about you is I think you understand that sex is communication. … So there's intimacy here," he says. "One of the big mistakes I think we make in relationships is that we don't give our best energy to the people that matter most. And I think what you're doing is you're making that time to be able to give some of your best energy to each other."
Psychic medium Lisa Williams

In February 2007, psychic mediums John Edward—from the WE television network show John Edward Cross Country —and Allison Dubois—the inspiration behind NBC's Medium —showed how they communicate with the dead.

Like John and Allison, clairvoyant Lisa Williams says she has sixth-sense abilities. Host of Lifetime's Lisa Williams: Life Among the Dead , Lisa says her ability is not unique, but rather it is a skill she's worked to develop. "It's like a singer. We can all … sing," she says. "Whether we hold a tune or not is a different matter."
Psychic medium Lisa Williams helps Joanna contact her husband.

To prove her abilities, Lisa helped Joanna contact her husband, Brian. Despite being only 36 and in great shape, he died from heart failure that he suffered during a football game with friends.

"He's showing me a little boy, okay, and it's someone who's very, very close to his heart," Lisa says to Joanna. "Can I ask you, has your husband not physically seen your son?" Joanna tells Lisa that she was nine months pregnant when Brian died. When their son was born, she named him Brian Jr. after his late father.

"He also keeps showing me there was a distance between you and him," Lisa says. "He's saying, 'I'm so sorry. I can't believe I left you at the worst possible time.' He said, 'But look at you. You're a fighter.'" Joanna says that she and Brian had an argument the night before he died. They'd made peace with each other before he left to play football, but she still had some questions that needed answers.

Joanna says meeting with Lisa was a great experience, which solidified her belief in the real abilities of psychic mediums. "I used to believe in fate and 'Everything happens for a reason' was my motto, and I believed in heaven and happily ever after. And when my husband died, I just questioned everything."
Psychic medium Lisa Williams tries to read a skeptic.

While Lisa was able to make a connection for Joanna, would she be able to make a connection with Laura, a scientist who's skeptical of psychics' claimed abilities?

As they begin, Lisa informs Laura that she is feeling the presence of a father figure. "Everyone has a father, so I guess I could relate to a father figure," Laura says.

Lisa says the father figure calls Laura his "little girl." "[My father] never called me his 'little girl,'" Laura says. "I was the youngest of four. But of course in any father-daughter relationship, you would assume, this would be a good guess."

Then Laura questions Lisa about what nickname her father used. Lisa has no answer. "The fact that she couldn't answer my nickname, which if she was really talking to him, I mean, he would know it," Laura says. "I feel just as strongly now as before the reading that this isn't real. She was just guessing."

Lisa says that the reason that she was unable to read Laura is because Laura was blocked off to the experience. While Laura asked Lisa to provide facts to prove she was really communicating with him, Lisa says she picked up on other things. "There [were] a lot of things in there that I think she could resonate with, but I feel she really wanted just hard, cold facts," Lisa says.
Reggie prepares for the Quantum Leap.

When Oprah and Gayle took a trip to Miraval Spa with 60 deserving women, you probably saw Oprah and Gayle's memorable turns on the Swing and a Prayer. To show how to conquer fear and anxiety, the participants are hoisted 40 feet in the air. When they were ready, they release a binding and swing about freely.

What you didn't see was when Reggie, Oprah's makeup artist, took his turn.

Just as he was ready to let go, Reggie remembered his motion sickness. "I should have taken a Dramamine," he said. But he didn't let that stop him…until he was back on the ground and dizzy. "Where are we? What town is this?" Reggie joked.

Then Reggie says he headed back to his hotel room to take a Dramamine and lie down until 1:30 p.m. There was just one problem…he was scheduled to do the Quantum Leap—another challenge in which he had to climb straight up a 25-foot pole before leaping off—at 1 p.m.!

When Reggie—who Oprah says is usually such a stickler about being on time, you can set your watch by him—finally arrived, he was ready to go. And he says he's glad he made it. "That was the hardest thing I ever had to do—by myself, alone on a trembling pole. When you realize that, you really feel good about that. That means you can do anything you want."
The big lottery-winning Chaney and West family

Steve and Caroline West were typical small-town Oregon parents until October 19, 2005, when a lottery ticket that Caroline's mom, Frances Chaney, purchased came up in a $340 million drawing. Suddenly, the Wests and the Chaneys were some of the biggest lottery winners in history!

Although they purchased things like houses, cars and vacations to Italy and Hawaii, Caroline and Steve say they haven't changed all that much. "If we were to walk down the street, people wouldn't have a clue," Caroline says. "We still wear jeans and tennis shoes."

The Wests say they haven't forgotten what things were like before, when they were living paycheck to paycheck. Caroline kept her job driving a school bus, and the family still clips coupons. "We like to feel we're getting a deal," Steve says.

They say they have avoided the problems—divorce, bankruptcy and health issues—that beset many lottery winners. "Once we checked the numbers and it looked like we had won, we went online. And there's a website—You've Won the Lottery, What Do You Do Now?" Steve says. "It gave a lot of good information."

So how has life changed for these big winners? "We're debt-free," Steve says.

"It gives you a huge sense of security in knowing you don't have to worry about day-to-day anymore," Frances adds.
Melanie has trouble sleeping.

Sleep deprivation affects more than 70 million Americans. People are spending $24 billion a year just trying to fall asleep. Melanie is a 31-year-old teacher who runs her own business on the side. She says she can't sleep even when she's exhausted and often uses sleep aids.

Dr. Michael Breus, author of Good Night: The Sleep Doctor's Four-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health, says several factors contribute to Melanie's lack of sleep. The first, he says, is her puppy. "A lot of people actually find that if they're sleeping with an animal in bed, some animals can snore louder than some human beings. So we have to be kind of careful about that," Dr. Breus says.

Melanie's apartment is also noisy, Dr. Breus says. "One of the things I asked her to do was try some very simple earplugs and to put a towel beneath her door, because the door doesn't reach the jam and so there's an area where sound can get through very, very easily," he says.

Because Melanie is so busy, it's hard for her to clear her head. "There's always things on my mind," she says. Dr. Breus asks her to start keeping a "worry journal" to get those thoughts out before she crawls under the covers.

A few months after talking to Dr. Breus, Melanie says she now sleeps eight hours a night—even with her puppy still sharing her bed.
Dr. Michael Breus is a sleep expert.

Oprah has a sleep question of her own for Dr. Breus. "I can count a minute and 37 seconds from the time [Stedman] puts his head on the pillow [to the time he falls asleep]," Oprah says. "I want to know, 'What is that?'"

Dr. Breus says people who fall asleep that quickly may be sleep deprived. "[For] the normal individual, sleep is not an on/off switch," he says. "Falling asleep should take somewhere between 15 and 20 minutes."

"I can't wait to go home and tell Stedman, 'You are sleep deprived, that is what your issue is,'" Oprah says.

There are 88 sleep disorders keeping people from the rest they need, including sleep apnea. When should you talk to your doctor if you're concerned you might have it? "If you find that you're snoring and somebody sees you stop breathing at night, and you wake up in the morning with headaches. If you find you're sleepy during the day when you're driving a vehicle, things of that nature, it's important to talk to your physician right away if you feel like you might have any sleep disorder," Dr. Breus says.

Still having trouble sleeping? Get Dr. Breus's bedtime essentials.
FROM: How They Revved Up Their Sex Life
Published on January 01, 2006


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