WILDEST DREAMS WITH OPRAH®
After his primetime debut, Paolo moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion and landed a role on General Hospital. What was supposed to be a one-time appearance became a recurring role!
Without missing a beat, Barry sneaked in behind Rosie and began playing his hit on the restaurant's piano. "Oh my God," Rosie said. "This is so him!"
After that show, Rosie attended her first Barry Manilow concert in Las Vegas—a dream come true!
"I have always hated my teeth and what they look like," she said. "Some people might not even know my teeth are so bad because I've covered them up so much. If it's a big laugh, [I] always hide it."
This stay-at-home mom has four children, including 3-year-old Jacob, who has autism. Instead of fixing her teeth, Rachel always put her family's needs above her own.
For one day, Oprah wanted Rachel to be the priority, so she sent Rachel to New York to meet with Dr. Marc Lowenberg for a smile makeover. Look at those pearly whites now!
Josh, Gayle's all-time favorite singer, was sent to her office to do a special serenade. Minutes before he was set to arrive, Gayle called Oprah to talk about—who else?—Josh Groban! "His voice does something to me," Gayle said. "I just feel him!"
While Gayle sang some of her favorite lyrics into the phone, Josh walked into her office holding a bouquet of yellow roses. "Oh my goodness!" she screamed. "Josh is here!"
Gayle followed Josh into a conference room, which had been transformed into a romantic concert hall. As magazine staffers gathered around, Josh got down on one knee and serenaded Gayle with the song she'd just been singing on the phone, "When You Say You Love Me," from his album Closer.
"The thing I've always wanted to do most was take my students to Disneyland," Ms. Quinney said.
Most of Ms. Quinney's students at Crockett Elementary don't get the chance to experience life outside of their inner city neighborhood in Houston. For once, she said she wanted to give her students an opportunity to be childlike. "Just one day away to do something that they really, really like would help them to forget about all the sadness that's going on in their little lives," she said. "They're worried about problems that grown-ups have, and kids shouldn't have to go through that. They should enjoy being young and carefree, but they're not."
After Ms. Quinney and her students took a jet to California, their fun-filled day began with a trip to Sleeping Beauty's castle and a visit from Mickey. Oprah and the children took some teacups out for a spin, flew with Dumbo, and ended the day with the Parade of Dreams.
"Today's the most fun I ever had in my entire life," one student said.
Singing backup to Tina's "You Better Be Good to Me," Felicity had the time of her life. "It felt like a racecar," Felicity said. "It was like great sex!"
As Jake began to perform, the curtains parted to reveal Stevie, leaving Jake shocked and speechless—but not breathless. Sharing the spotlight, the two sang "Isn't She Lovely" together.
Jake, who's still making records, said that was the most amazing day of his life.
While Oprah was in Australia, she arranged for Jay-Z to make a surprise appearance at the school.
Not only did the boys get to meet the hip-hop mogul, Microsoft Australia and their partner HP hooked them up. "Every single student is taking home an HP DV7, top-of-the-line powerhouse laptop, and they are giving every single teacher their very own laptop with Microsoft Office," Oprah said.
In addition, HP and Microsoft made over the school's library with 15 TouchSmart 600 computers and HP Envy Beat notebooks for the music rooms. "Now [there's] no excuses not to do your homework," Oprah said to the students.
First, Paul made a pit stop in Los Angeles, where he met Mariah and American Idol's Randy Jackson. After Mariah and Randy coached Paul on some vocal basics, it was time for his worldwide television debut.
Paul blew the audience away with his rendition of Mariah's number one hit "Hero." But Paul's whirlwind dream wasn't over just yet. Verity Records offered Paul a contract to record a song called "I Pray" —written just for him by Mariah!
This amazing teen's family, friends—even complete strangers—wrote in to tell Oprah about John's courage and the one big passion that keeps him going: the New York Yankees.
The Wildest Dreams team planned a pep rally at John's school, with a special surprise guest:New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter! Derek took John to the exclusive Yankee clubhouse and let him warm up on the field with the team.
But, of course, that wasn't all—to help pay for John's medical expenses and his prosthetic legs, Kleenex brand tissue gave John a check for $50,000. Plus, when we heard that John's parents, John Sr. and Barbara, were forced to cancel their 25th wedding anniversary because of the medical costs, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line agreed to send them—and their children and 10 closest friends—on an all expenses-paid, seven-night, luxury cruise!
Denni's son, Johnathan, wrote to Oprah to tell her about his hardworking mom. Denni's dream was to one day go to Italy, so Oprah surprised Denni and her children with a luxury dream vacation to Italy!
Still, there was a big burden hanging over Denni's head. At the rate she was working, she'd "be a young 93" by the time she paid off her children's student loans. "Well, it will not take you that long," Oprah said. "Because we're going to pay off all those loans!"
Before that day, Denni said she thought her life was over. "No, no," Oprah said. "Your life isn't over. It's just beginning."
Bernadette's wildest dream was to celebrate a beautiful Christmas with her family. And Oprah delivered—the kids went crazy on an all-you-can-grab shopping spree at Toys"R"Us!
But where would they store all of their new toys? Oprah hired her Realtor®, Ameta Cartwright, to help Bernadette choose a brand new house! For the first time in her life, Bernadette became a homeowner. She picked out the perfect house, a 1920s brick bungalow with enough space for the whole family.
To make her house a home, Nate Berkus gave Bernadette a home makeover, complete with a brand new kitchen and beautiful furniture.
Britney and Bethany were accepted into the school of their dreams, Baylor University in Texas, and the whole family pitched in to try to help. The twins' siblings secretly worked extra shifts and saved $10,000. The family even considered selling their house in order to pay for Britney and Bethany's college education.
To help fulfill their wildest dreams, Oprah sent American Idol star Clay Aiken to surprise Britney and Bethany. He told the twins that they were heading to Chicago for an episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show they'd never forget.
When Britney and Bethany arrived for the show, Ty Pennington of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, announced that he would outfit each sister's college dorm room with his home line from Sears!
And, of course, that wasn't all. "Britney and Bethany, your tuition is paid!" Oprah said. "Your room and board is paid! Four years at Baylor—completely paid!"
When Oprah learned that Monica was facing more hardship, she stepped in to make another dream come true. In 2010, Monica's husband Tony lost his job as a maintenance mechanic, and the family's living situation was far from ideal. Their modest rental apartment wasn't designed for a person with physical disabilities, so Monica relied on Tony and her two daughters, 12-year-old Madeline and 3-year-old Sofia, to complete everyday tasks like loading the dishwasher and cooking dinner.
Oprah teamed up with Nate Berkus to give Monica's family a life-changing surprise. "No more renting," Oprah said in September 2010. "No more teeny tiny apartment. No more little bitty bathtub. No more cabinets that you cannot open and using your 3-year-old to help you...because we are buying you your very first home!"
The wildest dreams of an entire audience came true: Each person was given the keys to a brand new 2005 Pontiac® G6™!
"You get a car! You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!" Oprah said.
Watch one of the biggest surprises in Oprah Show history