Apr 19, 2004  •  Post A Comment

When Oprah Winfrey introduced herself to movie audiences with her brave performance in Steven Spielberg’s “The Color Purple,” I, along with America’s top critics and the Motion Picture Academy, sat up and took note. Here was a woman who gave a long, unblinking view into the depths of her core.
I waited 13 years for the honor of working with her on the brilliantly courageous “Beloved,” and through the experience gained a true friend.
Oprah continues to give, not only by entering our living rooms every day with her television show but in a deeply personal way that has touched many lives. Oprah’s truly an original and unstoppable force. It is an immense pleasure to be her friend.
Oprah, congratulations on your NAB Distinguished Service Award and thanks for making all of our lives brighter.