Sally Lou Loveman, Senior Audience Producer, 49
Loveman has been in charge of studio audiences—40,000 guests per season—since 2003. "When you work here, exciting things happen all the time," she says. "That's the Oprah drug. But I've definitely had a few bloopers. Once, when Kenny Rogers was on, I finished the audience warm-up by shouting, 'Kenny Loggins is here!' Another time, I invited people onstage to dance before the show, and one guy went into a disco move and accidentally smacked me in the face. That was a big, beefy hand. I was seeing stars." With a job requiring so much running around ("I sweat a lot"), Loveman has long been a fan of all-concealing black. This draped jersey gown (David Meister, $578) is an effortless way to try a new shade. "Now I want an invitation to go somewhere!"
The Wardrobe: "By putting Sally Lou in a monochromatic column dress, we made her appear taller."—Adam Glassman
The Hair: "Heavy bangs, cut from the middle of the crown, look very rock 'n' roll."—Ken Paves
The Makeup: "Sally Lou's smoky eyes look superdramatic with lots of charcoal eyeshadow and black mascara."—Jeannia Robinette
Earrings, Badgley Mischka. Cuff, Madyha Farooqui. Bracelets, M.C.L. by Matthew Campbell Laurenza.
Cindy Mori, Director of Booking and Talent Relations, 43
As leader of the staff that booked the show's guests, Mori has had her share of challenges, including the annual star-studded "After-Oscar Party." "Those shows often came together at 3 or 4 in the morning, because we never knew ahead of time who would win. In 2009, when Sean Penn got Best Actor, I snagged him as he was walking off the stage—'Will you join us tomorrow to celebrate on the Oprah show?' I have a photo in my office of me accosting him that night." Mori would wear this metallic dress (Basix Black Label, $550) to a party "in a heartbeat. I still feel like myself, but my best self
The Wardrobe: "For a petite woman like Cindy, it's all about sticking to a solid color, then having fun with details—like a low-cut back and major heels."—Adam Glassman
The Hair: "With naturally curly hair, a perfectly proportioned cut is key."—Ken Paves
The Makeup: "The quickest way to add drama to a look? Matte red lipstick."—Jeannia Robinette
Earrings, Badgley Mischka. Ring, David Yurman. Shoes, Christian Louboutin.
Candi Carter, Senior Producer, 42
Carter has supervised a team of producers on both live and taped episodes. "My favorite shoot of all time was Oprah and Jay-Z in Brooklyn, when they visited his old neighborhood. We sat in the basement of his grandmother's former house, on lawn chairs—just Jay, Oprah, Gayle, me, an assistant, and two camera guys—and though it was hot as the dickens in there, it was so intimate. Oprah spoke to him for two hours, and I could see out the window as a crowd gathered. When we left, the whole street was filled with people." Carter calls herself "no-fuss" and confesses to occasionally coming to work in sweats. But this stretch-satin one-shoulder dress (David Meister, $470) "brings out my inner diva. When you put on something like this, you strut."
"This one-shouldered dress is current and
comfortable. Gathered fabric skims over Candi's midriff, an area she'd dressed to conceal."—Adam Glassman
"Switching to a richer haircolor brought out flattering tones in Candi's skin."—Ken Paves
"A few false eyelashes on the outer corners of her lids equal instant glamour."—Jeannia Robinette
Earrings, Badgley Mischka. Ring, Nicky Hilton. Shoes, Kors Michael Kors.
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