Before his death in August 2011, Nick Ashford and his wife of 37 years, Valerie Simpson, would spend days watching butterflies in their garden. While filming an episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, a butterfly flew into Valerie's home for the first time. Watch as Valerie plays piano and contemplates the greater meaning of her unexpected guest.
Lyrics for the song 'I'm Every Woman,' an anthem for women that has spanned generations, were actually written by a man, Nick Ashford. Watch as Nick's wife and songwriting partner, Valerie Simpson, reveals how her husband tapped into his feminine side to pen this hit.
In 1996, Nick Ashford, of the songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, opened Sugar Bar on Manhattan's West Side with his wife, Valerie Simpson. Though Nick passed away in 2011, Valerie says she feels close to her husband when she's performing at their live music club. Plus, find out how Maya Angelou inspired this soulful hot spot.
At age 19, Bette Midler moved to New York City with dreams of making it big. Oprah says she heard Bette had one request for her first manager: She wanted to be a legend. Is the story true? Watch as Bette reveals what really happened and opens up about the highs and lows of fame.
It's been almost 25 years since the tearjerker Beaches, starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey, first struck a chord with women. When it's Bette's time to say goodbye, she says, the film's signature song, "Wind Beneath My Wings," will not be played at her funeral. Watch as Bette discusses her love of acting.
For almost 40 years, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, partners in music and marriage, made up the duo Ashford & Simpson. They spent nearly 33 of those years in the same New York City townhome until Nick lost his battle with throat cancer in August 2011. Watch as Valerie opens up about losing her husband so quickly after his diagnosis in March 2011.
Despite their fame and success, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, of the legendary songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, were always careful to keep their daughters' lives private. Now, Nicole, 37, and Asia, 24, are speaking for the first time on television about their father's death.
She's a four-time Grammy award-winning songstress, but after four decades in the music business, Bette Midler says, her passion for music began to wane. Then, Bette got a boost from a surprising source, Keith Richards' memoir, Life. Watch as Bette reveals how Keith's words inspired her to pick up a new instrument.
Where does a legendary funny woman find inspiration? For Bette Midler, it was Lucille Ball, the star of her all-time favorite TV show, I Love Lucy. Watch as Bette reveals intimate details about the time she visited Lucille's home for a once-in-a-lifetime game of Scrabble.
It may surprise you that Bette Midler, a consummate performer, who has danced her way across countless stages, is very shy offstage. Watch as Bette tells Oprah how her husband, Martin von Haselberg, who plays host for the couple's gatherings, offsets her shyness.