Cinema: Queen of All Media

Already a force on TV and in publishing, Oprah wants to bring her brand of inspiration to film

Supermodels and Nobel prizewinners tend to travel in separate circles, but at a recent party held in honor of Oprah Winfrey in downtown Manhattan, both Toni Morrison and Cindy Crawford were in attendance. The gathering, held at a restaurant where it's difficult to get a reservation unless you call long in advance or are a recent recipient of an MTV Video Music Award, was a starry one. Mariah Carey. Barbara Walters. Maya Angelou. They were all there. Oprah worked the room, shining attention on each guest briefly but brightly, a passing Lexus with her high beams on. The occasion was a...

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