Oprah and Tracey first met almost 20 years ago when Tracey was a teen star of the hit sitcom Growing Pains. At that time, no one knew Tracey was hiding a life-threatening illness—she was anorexic. In 1994, Tracey returned to the show to discuss her eating disorder and to help others suffering from this disease. Then, in 2002, Oprah invited Tracey back to talk about child safety, after Tracey's own son nearly drowned in a backyard swimming pool.
Tracey says her most difficult Oprah Show interview was in May 2005—just a few months after being arrested for drunk driving. The arrest came after a highly publicized car crash that left her husband and two young sons injured.