A Historic Week
During The Great Debate: Should You Replace Your Hormones? Oprah started a conversation she feels very strongly about. Women around the world who felt tired, flat, lifeless and imbalanced wrote in saying they felt the same way.
Wendy says she has been taking bioidentical hormones for 13 months, and it has changed her life. "My doctor and I tease about having a new birth date because the day that I started the hormone treatment was one of the best decisions I've made—I think probably the best decision I've made in my life," she says. Wendy says her migraine headaches, depression and low energy disappeared once her doctor helped her find hormonal balance.
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After our new president was sworn into office, "So help me God" was the headline that captured Oprah's attention. The man behind these memorable front pages is the Chicago Sun-Times page 1 editor, James Smith. "We felt at The Sun-Times that the most powerful message are the ending words of the oath of office," James says. "'So help me God.' It can mean so many different things. It can be our reflection onto him, his reflection onto us."
Along with advice about friendship, love and enjoying every moment, the Bush twins reminded Sasha and Malia to remember the integrity of their father. "Many people will think they know him. But they have no idea how he felt the day you were born, the pride he felt on your first day of school or how much you both love being his daughters. So here is our most important piece of advice: Remember who your dad really is."
Suzette says that while she traveled to D.C. to attend a series of inaugural events with friends, she flew back to watch President Obama be sworn in with the person she wanted to experience it with most. "My grandmother this year will be 90, and I talked to her in a cab ride over from the airport going to her house, completely surprising her," Suzette says. "My grandfather's deceased, and I couldn't have her watch this address alone, so I surprised her. She opened the door in tears."
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Oprah says she originally wanted to play Mrs. Miller just to have the experience of working with the film's star, Meryl Streep. Director John Patrick Shanley turned her down, but Oprah says he made the right decision. "When I was watching the movie I couldn't wait to see who was going to play the role I really wanted to play. ... I got chills when you first entered the screen," she tells Viola, who's Skyping in to the Oprah Show studio. "You were so brilliant," Oprah says. "I started to cry because I thought, 'Really, the person who deserved it most got this role.'"
Working with as accomplished an actress as Meryl Streep was definitely intimidating, Viola says. "It's like going 15 rounds with Mike Tyson and you have only fought one fight. You're just trying to not let them get the knockout punch," she says. "But I have to tell you that [Meryl] could not have been more generous. She is shocking in her generosity and normalcy and kindness, so she was just the perfect acting partner."
Now that she has an Oscar® nomination under her belt, Viola has a big decision to make—what to wear to the awards ceremony! "I want to be cute, Oprah!" she says. "For some reason, they always break me down in roles. I never get to wear any makeup."
Set in the slums of Mumbai, India, Slumdog Millionaire is the unlikely tale of Jamal, an uneducated orphan who lands himself in the hot seat of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. As he makes his way toward the game show's million-dollar prize, the story of how Jamal knew the answers begins to unravel. "How he knew the answers is the magic of this tale and what makes this film just brilliant," Oprah says.
Filming in the crowded streets of Mumbai was difficult, Danny says, but it also afforded the movie some unexpected advantages. "It was a challenge, but a wonderful one really. It made us come up with all sorts of ideas like using small [handheld] cameras. ... We could almost film in secret, which is a big help in such a crowded place."
Ann is one of the Oprah's Book Club members already signed up for Oprah's live webcast with David Wroblewski on Monday, January 26. "I'm really looking forward to the live webcast. I have so many questions to ask this author," she says. "I'm a dog nut, and I really loved the observations about animal behavior [and] about the miracle of language."
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