13 Memorable Cast Reunions
Because the sitcom's finale taped months before, the cast was starting to learn to live without the show and each other. "It was definitely emotional for all of us," Matthew said. "I hope the girls were more emotional, and the guys took care of them...[but] we were all pretty much a mess."
Mary Richards and her friends inspired Oprah to live the life she always imagined. "The show was a light in my life, and Mary was a trailblazer for my generation. She's the reason I wanted my own production company," Oprah said. "It's the reason there is a Harpo because that was the inspiration."
With help from a legendary cast of characters—Ed Asner, Valerie Harper, Gavin MacLeod, Betty White, Ted Knight, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel—television history was made. After seven award-winning seasons, the lights went out at WJM-TV.
Then, in May 2008, history was made once again when the hilarious cast reunited on Oprah's stage!
The film, which starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, captured the real-life von Trapp family's escape from Nazi-occupied Austria and won five Oscars®, including one for Best Picture.
For Julie, who portrayed Maria von Trapp, the nun-turned-governess who made clothes from curtains and won over her hard-to-please charges with music, the film made her career. "It was that big a movie, and we had no idea really at the beginning that it was going to be that huge," she said.
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At the time, the movie's cast was virtually unknown. Oprah made her big-screen debut as Sofia shortly after landing her own talk show, and Whoopi Goldberg, who landed the role of Celie, was performing comedy and one-woman shows when she was discovered. Danny Glover was cast to play Celie's husband after acting in just a few movies. These actors and their co-stars—Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Akosua Busia, Desreta Jackson, and Willard Pugh, to name a few—all breathed life into gritty, unforgettable characters.
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Twenty-five years later, on a November 2010 Oprah Show, cast members reflected on the making of the film. Oprah said playing Sofia still ranks as one of the great highlights of her life. "I never had more fun in my life than doing The Color Purple," she said.
In 2008, The Cosby Show kids reunited on The Oprah Show stage, transformed into an exact replica of the Huxtables' living room—right down to the artwork on the walls. Oprah was joined by Sabrina Le Beauf, who played eldest daughter Sondra; Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who played only son Theo; Tempestt Bledsoe, who played Vanessa; Keisha Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy; and Raven-Symon , who played Olivia. Lisa Bonet, who played Denise, wasn't able to make the reunion because she just had a baby.
Malcolm said the set brought back great memories. "One of the reasons why the Huxtables came off so well and worked so well on camera is because we all really, really liked each other," Malcolm said. "People would come to the set and talk about how that was such a rare thing."
In 2005, Patricia Heaton (Debra), Brad Garrett (Robert), Peter Boyle (Frank), Doris Roberts (Marie) and Monica Horan (Amy) all joined Ray for one last laugh on The Oprah Show.
"I got very lucky to be surrounded by these actors," Ray said. "Whether or not I've grown into an actor, I don't know. We'll find out...I'm just very grateful that they let me play with them and let me do this with them."
Over the years, this hilarious, heartfelt sitcom became a pop culture phenomenon, winning multiple Emmys and Golden Globes. In 2004, the show's stars—Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis and Kim Cattrall—retired their Manolo Blahniks and said goodbye to their beloved characters.
Fans thought they'd heard the last from Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte, but after four years, two months and eight days, this fabulous foursome came together on The Oprah Show to talk about reprising their roles on the big screen in Sex and the City: The Movie.
Only 128 cast members can say they've been "live from New York," and in 2011, some of the biggest names came together on Oprah's stage for a "laugh-tacular" class reunion: former head writer and host of "Weekend Update" Tina Fey, original Not Ready for Primetime Players Chevy Chase and Jane Curtin, impersonation impresario Dana Carvey and the hilarious Tracy Morgan.
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The show's humor and originality worked its way into our vocabulary with Seinfeldisms like "yada yada yada," "close talker," "sponge-worthy" and "master of your domain."
It was the end of an era in 1998 when the last Seinfeld episode aired and was watched by 76 million people. Before their last-ever taping, Jason said Jerry had a few words for the cast. "He said, 'For the rest of our lives, when anyone thinks of one of us, they'll think of all four,'" Jason said. "And then added, 'I can't think of three people I'd rather have that be true of.'"
"I spent more time with these men in a lot of ways than anybody else, and with every one, [I have] a wonderful memory," Susan said.
For the first time ever, all of Erica's husbands came together on our stage.
Forty years after Love Story debuted, Ali and Ryan reunited on The Oprah Show stage. Ali said she still remembered Ryan's audition and their instant chemistry. "First of all, he's a great kisser," she said. "It's a combination of somebody who's incredibly sexy but funny. That's just electrifying."
Gavin said he still had great memories of The Love Boat. "I think we all miss the show because the show brought so much happiness to people and gave them something to dream about," he said.
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Barbra and Robert both agreed that seeing each other instantly transported them to the time they spent together filming. "I remember the fun we had," Robert said. "I remember liking her energy and her spirit; it was wonderful to play off of. I also really enjoyed kidding her. She was fun to kid."