Oprah: Do you acknowledge for yourself that you are one of the greatest...ever?
Lance: It's better that you say that, and I don't say that. I'd rather just sit back and let the results speak for themselves, and smart people like you or whoever else can declare that.
We caught up with Sheryl to see what she had to say about the engagement—and to sneak a peek at her stunning six carat, cushion-cut diamond ring. "He definitely pulled out all the stops," she says, "He was being really romantic."
Why does Sheryl think Lance is the greatest?
"There are too many things to name that I love about him. He's gorgeous, he's funny, and he's smart, and he's a fantastic dad...gosh, I just love him."
How do the accusations affect Lance?
"This time, without sounding hokey, it broke my heart. I mean, really made me sad," Lance explains. "So here I sit, and it doesn't feel good. But having said that, between the West Coast and the East Coast, there's a ton of love and support—and that's what matters."
What else does Lance have planned? Spending time with his three children and joining Sheryl on her tour.
Oprah: When you take on the energy of that character, you do it so well. I wonder, how are you able to just release that and then go on with your life?
Anthony: I guess it does affect me! ... I think it does get into your nervous system because the body doesn't know what's happening.
Oprah: That's exactly what I thought!
Gwyneth's special message for Anthony continued: "I think everybody feels very lucky to be around him and getting the opportunity to watch him work. ... It was an absolute sublime pleasure to work with you, and I hope that it happens again."
"I've always said to my friends about you, that listening to you speak is so incredible that, it wouldn't matter to me what you were doing," says Oprah. "He could read the yellow pages to me!"
"It was a remoteness. An elegance. These wonderful blue eyes. And I saw a man that was—seemed alone, perhaps lonely. And I thought, 'I think I can free him,' like the bird in the cage—open the cage and free him!"
"And she has. Very much so," says Anthony.
Anthony's parents once visited him backstage after a play he was starring in alongside Laurence Olivier's wife. After the play ended, there was a knock on the door and in walked Sir Olivier. Anthony introduced his mother and father, who was a "very ordinary guy with a wonderful personality and great sense of ironic humor."
Anthony's father asked Olivier how old he was and discovered they were both born in 1907. "My father said, 'The same age as me. We're both getting very old now, aren't we?'" Anthony says. "When he left, my mother said, 'That was Laurence Olivier! How could you say that to him?'"
Anthony's father replied, "Well, he breathes oxygen just like me, doesn't he?" And since that day, Anthony has seen oxygen as the "great leveler."
Many of Luther's superstar friends—Usher, Patti LaBelle, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx and more—are performing his greatest hits on a new album, So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross. The special collaboration includes hits like "Superstar", "Here & Now" and "Power of Love".
Usher: Luther influenced my life in every way, in so many ways that I can't even explain. ... Before I was born, he was making music.
Oprah: Did you all get to choose the song that you wanted for this CD?
Usher: We fought about "Superstar"...but I won.
"He's influenced me in so many different ways—as a vocalist, as a communicator of love," Usher says. "His music holds so much passion. As a child, I realized one day I would have to make love songs, and I hoped that they would be just as good as Luther Vandross'."
"He was the doctor of love," Oprah says. "We miss him and we love him...I know Mary Ida Vandross, his mother, is at home, and we salute you Ms. Vandross. We salute you very much."
"He was so much fun," Patti says. "And he was such a prankster. He would always play tricks on people and buy you good clothes, too. He bought me all this fierce Versace—he treated his women to beautiful clothes."
What did Luther teach Oprah? "This is what I learned from Luther...I learned the meaning of living well," Oprah says. "He had Lalique glasses to drink Kool-Aid out of. He lived so fabulously."
Patti: I was being very hopeful. I knew he was in a bad place. He would sing with me when I would come, but he couldn't quite get it the way that he did.
And I think maybe Luther wanted to go. Maybe he wanted to just say goodbye, knowing that he would never leave me. But I think he wanted to just take a rest.
Born into poverty, Mr. Johnson founded his media, fashion and cosmetics empire in 1942 with a $500 loan secured by his mother's furniture. His revolutionary business became the world's largest black-owned publishing company, and Mr. Johnson was the first African-American to make the Forbes list of wealthiest people.
"Mr. Johnson had big dreams for himself, but more importantly, he had big dreams for the community," Illinois Senator Barack Obama says.
In 1996, President Clinton awarded Mr. Johnson the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Then, at his funeral in August 2005, President Clinton said, "One man stood out because his dream was bigger, and he had a vision of how to achieve it."
"We lost a great visionary whose groundbreaking work paved the way for so many people—myself included," Oprah says. "He showed us who we could be. Thank you, Mr. Johnson."