Hollywood Stars Turn Out For Farewell Oprah Show

Chicago Celebrity Photographer John Gress

Shooting Oprah’s farewell last night sure was memorable! I don’t think I have ever seen or photographed so many celebrities in one place before.

(Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey neared the end of her quarter-century reign on national television on Tuesday night with a star-studded send-off featuring Beyonce, Madonna, Aretha Franklin, Tom Cruise, Michael Jordan and many others who honored the talk show queen’s efforts to boost education and fight poverty….. Read More

 

 

Singer Beyonce looks at Oprah Winfrey hugging actress Dakota Fanning during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. Winfrey kicked off one of her last-ever national talk shows on Tuesday with hugs from Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Madonna in a packed Chicago arena. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT)
Oprah Winfrey gestures during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. Winfrey kicked off one of her last-ever national talk shows on Tuesday with hugs from Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Madonna in a packed Chicago arena. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver (R) smile during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. Winfrey kicked off one of her last-ever national talk shows on Tuesday with hugs from Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Madonna in a packed Chicago arena. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)
Oprah Winfrey (2nd L) is kissed by singer Usher (3rd L) next to actor Will Smith (C), former NBA basketball player Michael Jordan (3rd R), actor Tom Cruise (2nd R), talkshow host Rosie O'Donnell (R), and Simon Cowell (L) during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)

 

A crew member gestures to Oprah Winfrey as singer and actor Will Smith (R) and his wife actress Jada Pinkett Smith (2nd R) and actor Tom Hanks (L) watch during "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT PROFILE)
Oprah Winfrey greets singers Beyonce (L) and Madonna (C) during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. Winfrey kicked off one of her last-ever national talk shows on Tuesday with hugs from Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise and Madonna in a packed Chicago arena. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)
Oprah Winfrey wipes a tear from her eye as she stands next to actor Tom Hanks (L) during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in Chicago May 17, 2011. Winfrey kicked off one of her last-ever national talk shows on Tuesday with hugs from Hanks, Tom Cruise and Madonna in a packed Chicago arena. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES - Tags: MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT)

 

 

 

 

 

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