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By LAURA VOZZELLA | January 13, 2008
Baltimore sports agent, attorney and author Ronald Shapiro has a new book out. He also knows Oprah Winfrey. Sound like a straight shot to the best-seller list? But for this: Shapiro knows the talk queen from back in the days when she was with WJZ-TV and he represented station talent. A Chicago station had just come calling, but Winfrey wasn't sure she should go. "Right now, you're earning $120,000," he recalls telling her.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab!  Oprah's in town. The billionaire media magnate, whose career took off after a stint as an anchor on WJZ in Baltimore, came back to the city Wednesday for a dinner of crabs and crab cakes in a private dining area of Captain James Landing in Canton, according to the restaurant's owner Bill Tserkis. Oprah posted a picture on Instagram with her partner, Stedman Graham, smiling and holding up crabs.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
You get a crab, and you get a crab, and you get a crab! Everybody here gets a crab!  Oprah's in town. The billionaire media magnate, whose career took off after a stint as an anchor on WJZ in Baltimore, came back to the city Wednesday for a dinner of crabs and crab cakes in a private dining area of Captain James Landing in Canton, according to the restaurant's owner Bill Tserkis. Oprah posted a picture on Instagram with her partner, Stedman Graham, smiling and holding up crabs.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | July 17, 2014
An upcoming special for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network will feature a door purchased in Hampden, hon. Ruth Turner, owner of Caravanserai on the Avenue, said that scouts from the network stopped by recently to purchase a red door originally made in India. Celebrity designer Nate Berkus will use the door in an upcoming design project, Turner said. The door was handpainted by an artisan in a small village outside Jodhpur in the central India state of Rajasthan, Turner said. The door was fashioned from modern wood and decorated with antique details, said Turner, who was getting ready to hop on a plane to head to Spain for another buying trip.
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By LAURA CHARLES | September 18, 1991
POLO PLAYERS: Lenny and Gail Kaplan's Polo Grill got a surprise visitor last Sunday night -- Oprah Winfrey!Seems the talk show host had a hometown hankerin' for the Polo's tasty fried lobster tail dish and flew here specifically from New York.Joining Oprah for dinner were former "People Are Talking" co-workers Richard Sher (with wife Annabelle), Arleen Weiner and Skip Ball.Oprah, by the way, is back on her diet and never leaves home without her personal chef, Rosie, who got a table-side visit from Polo exec chef Harold Marmulstein to explain how to make Op's favorite dish.
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By LAURA CHARLES | June 12, 1991
OPRAH WINFREY will be in town to shoot her talk show from Baltimore's Convention Center June 19.Winfrey's broadcast from the Big Crab coincides with the Broadcasting, Promotion and Marketing Executives Conference taking place there. So far, no confirmation on the topic of the show, so stay tuned.THE LORD BALTIMORE HOTEL is hosting a showcase for government and military planners on June 27. Coordinated by events planner Joni Carter, guest of honor and keynote speaker for the event is Adrian Cronauer, the author and inspiration for "Good Morning Vietnam," the movie in which Robin Williams portrayed the veteran.
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By Clarence Page | October 3, 2006
WASHINGTON -- It's official: Oprah Winfrey refuses to throw her bonnet into the ring as a presidential candidate, but she's more than happy to push Democratic Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois for the job. That's what she told Larry King on his CNN program last week. But if Ms. Winfrey thinks she can defuse the draft-Oprah movement, such as it is, she's probably mistaken. There are forces larger than even Ms. O's popularity at work here. By week's end, for example, Internet sites were offering "Oprah Obama '08!"
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By Knight-Ridder News Service | March 26, 1992
Oprah Winfrey is about to take on Barbara Walters as queen of the celebrity specials at ABC.ABC will air at least four hour-long segments of "Oprah: Behind the Scenes," a series of prime-time interview specials, the network confirmed yesterday. Producer is Harpo Productions, Ms. Winfrey's Chicago-based company.First up, on May 19 during the ratings "sweeps": Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn on location of their new flick, "Death Becomes Her"; Dustin Hoffman on the set of his new movie, "Hero," and rocker Michael Bolton backstage at a concert.
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By Michael Hill and Michael Hill,Evening Sun Staff Gail Stephanie Miles contributed to this story | June 20, 1991
WHEN MR. WHIPPLE, the man who told us not to squeeze the Charmin, gets a standing ovation, you know something different is going on.Turns out it was the periodic renewal of the love affair between Baltimore and Oprah Winfrey that took place yesterday afternoon at the Convention Center.Who else but Winfrey could get a couple thousand local residents to sit through an hour of what they usually try to avoid -- commercials -- and have them love it?The taping of this Winfrey show -- scheduled to air on July 2 -- was held at the Convention Center in conjunction with the annual gathering of the Broadcast Promotion and Marketing Executives (BPME)
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By Newsday | September 5, 1994
The top-rated "Oprah Winfrey Show" starts its new season tomorrow and it's especially worth noting since she reportedly now will do "softer" topics.The subjects of her first four new shows are in, and the titles don't seem different in tone or attitude from what she has been doing right along. Tomorrow, she will pursue "What I Want My Spouse to Learn." Wednesday, it's "How to Stop the Gossip," Thursday, "Family of Phobics" And on Friday, "How to Get Something for Nothing."
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By Jonah Goldberg | November 21, 2013
In Britain to promote her film "The Butler," Oprah Winfrey gave an interview to the BBC this month. Not surprisingly, she promoted her movie about race relations in the White House with comments about race relations and the White House. The BBC's Will Gompertz asked: "Has it ever crossed your mind that some of the treatment of Obama and the challenges he's faced and some of the reporting he's received is because he's an African-American?" Now there's a fresh take. Either Mr. Gompertz has been handcuffed to a radiator in someone's windowless basement for the last five years or, more likely, he was riffing off the suggested questions Ms. Winfrey's PR team handed out to interviewers.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2013
Tuesday morning on CBS, Oprah Winfrey said that Lance Armstrong "brought it" to the interview she had taped with him the day before. Now that we've seen the interview Thursday night, we know that isn't exactly true. Yes, he admitted to doping and lying and lying and doping and lying and doping some more. But what else could he do? The evidence gathered and the actions taken by the United States Anti-Doping Agency have made it impossible for him to do anything else. But anyone who watched the 90-minute conversation and didn't walk away understanding they were listening to a sociopath who still thinks he's the smartest guy in the culture wasn't paying attention.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 17, 2013
Lance Armstrong's well-orchestrated apology tour has brought back a bad memory: all the wasted hours I spent reading his book, "It's Not About the Bike. " I was one of many readers captivated by his dramatic tale: hot-headed young rider gets felled by testicular cancer, and battles back -- against disease and doubters -- to win the Tour de France. It made me a huge fan of Armstrong and the grueling race that takes cyclists around France.  But in light of the overwhelming evidence that Armstrong was not clean when he won the tour a record seven times (and seven straight)
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Susan Reimer | January 16, 2013
When Lance Armstrong met last month with his own personal Javert , Travis Tygart of the anti-doping agency, he said after the frustrating meeting, "You don't hold the keys to my redemption. "Only one person holds the keys to my redemption, and that's me," he said, according to reporting in The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Armstrong was vacationing in Hawaii over Christmas, where Oprah Winfrey has a home, and it was then that she reached out to him. They met for lunch, and he agreed to a come-clean interview with her. Upon reflection, it appears, Mr. Armstrong decided that Oprah holds the key to his redemption.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
I like Oprah Winfrey, and I was happy to see her Tuesday morning on CBS with her old pal, Gayle King, hitting on all cylinders as they hyped the gate for her interview with Lance Armstrong. She promised King, Charlie Rose and everyone else on the last-place morning show set, "You will be satisfied," by the interview that airs Thursday night on the OWN cable channel. "You will come away understanding that he brought it," she said, though she did hedge on the  specific extent of his confession versus her expectations.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The question now is: who's getting more out of Lance Armstrong's doping confession, the disgraced cyclist himself or Oprah? I say that because Oprah Winfrey -- the Doyenne of Drama, the High Priestess of Pathos -- was busy Tuesday flacking her big interview with Armstrong, which will air on her OWN Network Thursday and Friday. (Yes, the interview was so lengthy, Ope said, that it will now air over two days. “Just wrapped with @lancearmstrong More than 2 ½ hours. He came READY!
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By New York Daily News | October 22, 1997
Talk-show empress Oprah Winfrey has moved the book market before -- but now the book market is moving for her.Publishing house HarperCollins was all set to release author Stephen M. Pollan's financial advice book "Die Broke" in January. Then Winfrey called.Winfrey, whose "book club" has become a phenomenal force in the publishing business, making best-sellers of eight books so far -- said she wanted to feature Pollan and showcase his book. The catch was, she wanted to do it all by yesterday.
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By David Zurawik | January 11, 1993
LOS ANGELES -- ABC, the network that hit ratings gold with "The Jacksons" miniseries, has landed the real Michael Jackson for his first live TV interview. And to make it an even bigger event, the interviewer is going to be Oprah Winfrey."He's going to be open to discussing everything . . . and, no, he is not getting paid for this," ABC Entertainment President Ted Harbert said yesterday, announcing the 90-minute interview scheduled to air Feb. 10.Harbert said no guarantees were made to Jackson, and that he talked to Jackson's representatives about the desirability of appearing in a time slot following "Home Improvement," one of the network's highest rated shows.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
When Oprah Winfrey likes something, she makes no bones about letting the entire world know. Famous for being an ardent dog lover, the TV and magazine queen gave her blessing again this year for the art of a Howard County pet-portrait studio in the December issue of O the Oprah Magazine on her annual list of recommended gifts. Wagging Tail Portraits received Winfrey's nod for the second consecutive year, but with a twist: It was Natalie Kendall who created the digital art for the new line of greeting cards made from mom Sherry Kendall's hand-painted portraits, scoring the mother-daughter duo a shared spot on Oprah's Favorite Things 2012.
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By Rebecca Messner, For The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2012
"The Other Wes Moore," a book written by Baltimore native Wes Moore, is currently being developed into a feature film, with Oprah Winfrey attached as executive producer, and a script penned by John Ridley (writer of "Three Kings" and "Red Tails"), according to Moore. Although Moore won't be heavily involved in the film's production, he has one request — that the film be shot in Baltimore. "They could easily do this in another country," he said, "in a place where film production is cheap, like Toronto.
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