When Oprah turned 50, The Oprah Show became one big birthday extravaganza, complete with guests like Tina Turner and John Travolta. On her 56th birthday in 2010, Oprah introduced the world to the two new loves in her life: springer spaniels Sunny and Lauren.
For her 57th birthday, Oprah is spending part of the day taping with actress Jennifer Aniston, comedian Adam Sandler and talk show host Piers Morgan. After the show, producers are planning a party complete with presents and champagne. "I didn't grow up with anybody celebrating my birthday," Oprah says. "So birthdays really don't mean that much to me."
That's not the case for the rest of the staff. "It's kind of a company holiday," executive producer Sheri says.
Meanwhile, senior supervising producer Jill and producer Terry are hard at work making sure Oprah has a standout show on her birthday. "The fact that we're having Jen and Adam on is great and great for them," Jill says. "But they have to come to play. They need to do something fun. They need to do something to make it special."
Watch Terry and his team brainstorm ideas for the show