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Jimmy Fallon, Oprah Winfrey star in a soap opera (with vocal effects)

Many people don’t remember this, but back in the ’80s, Jimmy Fallon and Oprah Winfrey starred in a soap opera together. The two played a husband and wife on Midnight Meadows, which was almost as popular as Days of Our Lives.

To refresh everyone’s memory, Fallon played a clip from the ’80s hit when Winfrey stopped by the Tonight Show. Apparently, it wasn’t just a soap opera, but rather a soap opera with vocal effects.

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Barbara Walters reveals a few Most Fascinating People selections: NPH, Oprah, more

This morning, Barbara Walters returned to The View to announce the lineup of this year’s 10 Most Fascinating People special on ABC.

After Walters joked about how they almost played “The Bitch is Back” during her entrance, she revealed the names of seven of the 10 individuals she will feature in this year’s special, including Neil Patrick Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Taylor Swift, Chelsea Handler, Michael Strahan, Scarlett Johansson, and David Koch. The additional three interviewees will be revealed during the broadcast.

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Oprah, Vanessa Williams, and other stars who got their start in beauty pageants

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While Miss America hasn’t bred any headline-stealing celebrities recently, beauty pageants were once a place where future stars got their start. Oprah was Miss Black Tennessee; Halle Berry was Miss Ohio. Vanessa Williams made it all the way to the top, nabbing the Miss America title in 1984.

With Miss America’s 88th annual pageant airing Sunday on ABC at 9 p.m. ET, EW took a look at the most famous Oscar winners and television icons who once won crowns and sashes:

Cloris Leachman
Leachman represented Chicago in 1946’s Miss America pageant and, though she didn’t win the ultimate crown, earned enough prize money to move to New York and pay for acting classes. Things worked out for her, and she ended up performing alongside Katharine Hepburn in a Broadway production of As You Like It before winning an Academy Award for her role in 1971’s The Last Picture Show.
Where is she now? In the past year alone, the 88-year-old Leachman has appeared in The Croods, Girl Meets World, Hot in Cleveland, Kirstie, and Raising Hope.

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President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and more remember Maya Angelou

President Barack Obama is one of many who have offered words about Maya Angelou’s death, calling Angelou “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman” in a statement released today.

After news broke that Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and more released statements reacting to the celebrated poet’s death. Read them below, and check back for updates throughout the day:

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Pharrell Williams sheds some 'Happy' tears with Oprah -- VIDEO

It might seem crazy what I’m about to say, but seeing Pharrell Williams cry makes me happy!

On Sunday night’s episode of Oprah Prime, the Grammy-winning singer sat down with Ms. Winfrey to discuss the global success of his Oscar-nominated hit song “Happy” from the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack. Williams got emotional after watching a compilation of fan videos from around the world of people singing and celebrating with his song. Obviously, they were tears of happiness, but it’s hard not to get a little choked up yourself watching Pharrell. Oprah did! Watch part of the interview below: READ FULL STORY

Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman call Oprah on 'Late Show' -- VIDEO

David Letterman is really bad at prank calling.

Lindsay Lohan went on The Late Show, which airs Wednesday night,  and proposed — nay, begged – Letterman to call Oprah on-air. Letterman obliged, calling Oprah and pretending (very unconvincingly) to be Lohan’s secretary until Oprah asked, for the second time, “Who is this?” and he revealed himself.

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Lindsay Lohan on 'Ellen': Actress talks frankly about Oprah and rehab -- VIDEO

Ellen DeGeneres usually keeps things light on her daytime talk show. But when Lindsay Lohan stops by on Monday, don’t expect many laughs.

In two clips previewing her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the conversation is much more serious than the typically playful chats on the daytime talker. That’s because Lohan’s latest project is the OWN docu-series Lindsay, which chronicles her post-rehab life in New York.

Lohan looks healthy, yet somewhat uncomfortable when the topics veer from the things that appear to be keeping her happy and sober: work and family. The exchange even turns somewhat confrontational at one point, when DeGeneres, quoting the actress, ask if she feels she’s not angry anymore. Watch it below:

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Lindsay Lohan: Appetite for self-destruction

Oprah’s OWN drew solid ratings for the premiere of its Lindsay Lohan docuseries. Are we watching for the wrong reasons? This column originally appeared in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly.

The most honest words uttered in the debut of Lindsay, the new and deeply problematic docuseries about the troubled actress, came not from the maniacally self-absorbed Lohan or the show’s benefactor, Oprah Winfrey. Rather, they came from a fan on the street who was glibly effusive when asked to speak on behalf of the people. “I’m a big fan of Lindsay Lohan,” he said with a happy grin on his face, “both as an actress and as a media sensation.” Isn’t it entertaining when a young woman is so misguided and bent on destruction that she lands in rehab for a sixth time? As a culture we seem to value Lohan, and countless women before her, as little more than cheap spectacle, marveling at how far former good girls can fall from our manufactured pedestals.

The show was not without its odd voyeuristic pleasures. Show business has never looked so unglamorous as when Lohan’s smartly dressed assistant, whose former bosses range from Sean Astin to Prince, was tasked with packing up her floor-to-ceiling-stuffed hotel room. Earlier, Lohan’s storage unit of expensive junk was the size of an abandoned airplane hangar. I’m convinced that if this woman jettisoned 95 percent of her belongings and spent an anonymous year reading novels and going to meetings, she might just have a shot at enjoying her 30s. Instead she’s starring on a reality series whose viewers spent an inordinate amount of Twitter bandwidth snickering about the amount of side boob she exposed during the hour. READ FULL STORY

Lupita Nyong'o, more honored at emotional 'Essence' Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon

Academy Award-nominated actress Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and more were honored at this year’s seventh annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon in a beautiful event that took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday. Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington, Spike Lee, and more were in attendance at this year’s celebration, which packed an emotional punch as honorees spoke of personally struggling with finding their place in the world. Read on to find out what the winners had to say in their acceptance speeches below: READ FULL STORY

No Oprah? No Scorsese? What were the Golden Globes' most egregious snubs?

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The Golden Globe nomination were announced this morning, and in addition to providing a boost to surprise contenders like Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine) for Best Supporting Actress and Ron Howard’s racing movie, Rush, for Best Drama, there were others who were dealt a setback by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Oprah Winfrey and Lee Daniels’ The Butler? You don’t get a nomination! You don’t get a nomination!

Wolf of Wall Street‘s Martin Scorsese, who won in 2011 for directing Hugo and has been nominated in the category seven other times? Feel free to make other plans on Jan. 14.

Saving Mr. Banks earned just one nomination (Emma Thompson), with the HFPA ultimately deciding that Captain Phillips would be Tom Hanks’s prize.

And what about James Gandolfini for Enough Said? Back in September, an HFPA member hinted to EW that Gandolfini’s prospects for a Best Supporting Actor nomination weren’t too great, you know, because he’s not able to attend. Well… you can’t say the HFPA are liars.

What was your least favorite snub from the Golden Globe movies nominations? Sound off in the comments. (And check out our list of TV snubs and surprises!)

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