Next week marks the end of The Oprah Winfrey Show after 25 years on air.
Winfrey has been America’s most successful female broadcaster for more than two decades, and the world’s most powerful celebrity. As an African-American woman in a post-Martin Luther King jr. / pre-Barack Obama era it is a remarkable achievement.
Winfrey represented hope to millions of American women, millions who struggled with their weight and millions more African-Americans. She marketed “optimism” brilliantly. Oprah‘s ‘ultimate dreams’ became the ultimate dreams of those who adored her.
Hers is a legacy that will reverberate through television for decades.
The final shows air in Australia 9pm Wednesday, 8:30pm Thursday an 9pm Friday on TEN.