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1 Feb, 2011
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Traynor talks about her musical Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark:

When we started, only the first movie had come out. This was right after 9/11, so all of that was on our minds. But the fact is, our idea came out of the Arachne story. In our version, she falls in love with her protégé, Spider-Man—who, at the top of act 2, starts becoming world famous. Suddenly there are Spider-Man hot dogs, hero sandwiches, underwear—everything. And he no longer has time for his girlfriend or his aunt.

1 Dec, 2010
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Perry discusses the first time he portrayed the role of Madea on stage:

There was a sold-out house at the Regal Theater in Chicago, and five minutes before the show, I put on the costume and stood at the mirror for the first time. I’m saying, Damn, are you really going to do this? Then the show started and I had no choice—they pushed me out onstage. Madea had a cane and she didn’t talk very loud and her voice was much deeper and she sat in one spot the whole time. But after a while, I finally had to move. And when I moved there was laughter.

1 Mar, 2010
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Hanh gives his thoughts on being exiled from his home country of Vietnam for 39 years after going to speak at Cornell University in 1966:

Angry, worried, sad, hurt. The practice of mindfulness helped me recognize that. In the first year, I dreamed almost every night of going home. I was climbing a beautiful hill, very green, very happily, and suddenly I woke up and found that I was in exile. So my practice was to get in touch with the trees, the birds, the flowers, the children, the people in the West—and make them my community.

1 Dec, 2009
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DeGeneres talks about the work that goes in to her talk show Ellen:

It’s a lot of work to put a brand-new monologue and a brand-new show on the air and find comedy every single day. It’s challenging and it’s the hardest thing I have ever done, but it’s the best-suited thing for me. The more relaxed I get and the more confident I feel, the more I get to play and be myself and say whatever I feel like saying and not worry about whether I’m being a good interviewer. Although sometimes, I admit, you’re talking to people and you’re like, Oh please, have something to say! But in general I’m just more and more confident that if I’m myself, people are going to enjoy it more.

1 Oct, 2009
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Jay-Z gives his thoughts about why his first album, Reasonable Doubt played a pivotal part in boosting his hip-hop career:

Yes—and that first album, Reasonable Doubt, is my favorite, because all the emotions and experiences of 26 years came out in it. That was the record I had 26 years to make.

1 Jun, 2009
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Edwards gives an interview to Oprah for O Magazine. She talks about receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis from her doctors.

I Cry[ed]. I admit it. We were sitting in a little room in the hospital, and it was hard not to break down. But then we said we’re going to keep pushing. You can fight for yourself or you can just throw your hands up and say, Okay, I’m through. I’ll just wait to die.

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Edwards talks about her reaction when she found out she had terminal cancer:

Cry. I admit it. We were sitting in a little room in the hospital, and it was hard not to break down. But then we said we’re going to keep pushing. You can fight for yourself or you can just throw your hands up and say, Okay, I’m through. I’ll just wait to die.

1 Apr, 2009
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First Lady Michelle Obama gives an interview to Oprah for O Magazine about her first week in the White House.

Well, we still had family here, so it was almost like a wedding. A huge, very complicated wedding. The last visitors didn’t leave until Sunday. And then the first Monday was kind of weird. You know: Now we live here, and Barack is getting up and going to work, and it’s just us. This is our home now. But the kids didn’t act any differently.

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obamaObama speaks about living in The White House:

And it’s a beautiful home. When you go out and come back, especially at night, with all the white lights on—it’s just beautiful. We feel privileged, and we feel a responsibility to make it feel like the people’s house. We have the good fortune of being able to sleep here, but this house belongs to America.

 

1 Feb, 2009
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Fey gives an interview to Oprah for O Magazine about her impersonation of Sarah Palin on SNL.

No. I just kept thinking, I don’t work here anymore, so if this ends up being lousy, I told you guys I don’t do this. I also felt safe doing it with Amy [Amy Poehler played both Hillary Clinton and Katie Couric in the SNL sketches]. I wouldn’t have enjoyed doing it alone, because I never did anything alone on SNL.

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Fey discusses getting the call to impersonate Sarah Palin on Saturday Night Live:

Lorne played it cool, as he always does, and waited until the week of the first show. He called and said, Think about if you want to impersonate her. I was like, I’ll do a joke about her. I’ll do a sketch where I’m myself. I’ll do anything except impersonate her!

1 Dec, 2008
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Pink gives an interview to Oprah for O Magazine about his book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. 

In many professions, what used to matter most were abilities associated with the left side of the brain: linear, sequential, spreadsheet kind of faculties. Those still matter, but they’re not enough. What’s important now are the characteristics of the brain’s right hemisphere: artistry, empathy, inventiveness, big-picture thinking. These skills have become first among equals in a whole range of business fields.

1 Jun, 2008
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Shriver talks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine about making a name for herself in the world and finding her way.

I’d have to find another thing. That’s what I wrote about in the book Just Who Will You Be? I made the mistake of thinking that external accomplishments would bring me peace. I thought it was about the job or a book or making a name for myself. So many people would come up to me and say, Which Kennedy are you? At a very young age, I thought, You’re going to know which one I am. I decided that I was going to be the Kennedy who makes her own name and finds her own job and works like a dog. My comeuppance was when Arnold got elected I became the Kennedy who was married to the governor.

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Shriver speaks about being hired as an anchor for CBS Morning News:

Yes, I took the CBS job three weeks after I got engaged to Arnold, and I moved to New York to start working. I was thrilled. Those coanchor morning-show gigs were among the few on the networks that seemed locked down forever.

1 Mar, 2008
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Chodron speaks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine about why she became a Buddhist priest.

I became involved in Buddhism in a way that’s very appealing to a lot of people because of the fact that their lives fall apart, and that’s what happened to me. When my second marriage broke up, it just floored me, but I had some kind of fundamental sanity that kept saying, There’s something very profound in this that will teach you something so I started looking for it. The first line of Chögyam Trungpa’s article Working with Negativity read, We all experience negativity the basic aggression of wanting things to be different than they are. Everything else was saying, Look at the positive side, and this said, Stay with your experience. That’s how it started.

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Field gives her thoughts on starring in the television show Gidget at 18 years of age:

When it aired in 1965, a season had 36 shows, which is huge. At 18 I didn’t see how the show was perceived. I barely had all my consciousness at that point, and I never read reviews or saw ratings. I had my own TV series, yet I’d never been on a plane or even been out of the state.

16 Feb, 2008
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Pink speaks about the influence that his book, A Whole New Mind has had on people:

Some have written that the book made them think about why they’re here. And, interestingly, a lot of students tell me that they’re going to give A Whole New Mind to their parents. One student is passionate about art, but his mom wants him to get an MBA and become an accountant.

1 Feb, 2008
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Chodron speaks about becoming involved in Buddhism:

I became involved in Buddhism in a way that’s very appealing to a lot of people because of the fact that their lives fall apart, and that’s what happened to me. When my second marriage broke up, it just floored me, but I had some kind of fundamental sanity that kept saying, There’s something very profound in this that will teach you something, so I started looking for it.

1 Jan, 2008
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Washington talks about his reaction when reading the script for the movie The Great Debators:

The reaction you had in the screening room is the one I had. Man, it just moved me. I felt an emotional connection. What I learned while doing research for the film is that many black colleges, like Wiley and Morehouse, opened during the decade following the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation.

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Washington speaks to Oprah in an interview for O Magazine about his role in The Great Debaters. 

Man, it just moved me. I felt an emotional connection. What I learned while doing research for the film is that many black colleges, like Wiley and Morehouse, opened during the decade following the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. That’s because education was believed to be the way out, so when millions of black people were finally let go after almost 250 years, boom, we opened schools. And that’s partly why Melvin Tolson’s debate team was able to beat these other national teams in the ’30s: Great thinkers such as W.E.B. Du Bois and Melvin B. Tolson couldn’t teach at schools like Harvard or Columbia. But the film is really about the kids and the journey of one boy in particular.

1 Dec, 2007
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Branson gives his thoughts on founding Virgin Airlines:

I was young and inexperienced. At first I wasn’t even allowed to register the business name because the word virgin was thought to be rude. I had to sit down and, in my best 15-year-old penmanship, write a letter to the registry office that began, Surely the word virgin is anything but rude; it’s the opposite of rude. They eventually relented.

1 Nov, 2007
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Seinfeld speaks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine about producing Bee Movie.

I asked Steven Spielberg to direct a commercial I was going to make for American Express. I’d never met him, but I thought, What the hell why don’t I call? I’m Jerry Seinfeld, I’m not just nobody. [Laughs] Steven says, I can’t do it, but why don’t we have dinner tomorrow in East Hampton? I say, That sounds great. Then I hang up the phone and go, Oh my God! I’m a Jewish boy from Long Island, and I’m having dinner with Steven Spielberg! It was like my second Bar Mitzvah.

[At dinner] when we started talking about kids we were off to the races, but then the conversation ground to a halt. It happens to the best of us. As an entertainer, that’s when I kick into gear and say something witty to jump-start the conversation. The night before, I was sitting with a couple of friends, eating a Twizzler, and I said, What if somebody did a film called Bee Movie, and it was about bees? So during the dinner with Steven, I said this to relieve the lull we’d just crashed into. I figured, he’s a director, he’ll relate to the term B movie. But he didn’t laugh; he fixed his eyes on me and said, We’re going to make that movie. I was like, What do you mean we, Kemosabe? He said it was a great idea, and when he gets excited, it’s almost scary. He can get everyone else in the room excited! You don’t meet older people like that too often. It’s wonderful.

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Seinfeld gives his thoughts on ending his NBC sitcom Seinfeld:

My managers and I still wonder: Did we stop at the right time? Before we ended the show, Jack Welch [former CEO of General Electric, which owns NBC] told me, Your ratings are still rising. Yes, I said, but the only way to see the end of a hill is to go past it and realize you’re going down.

1 Sep, 2007
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Barrino talks about performing the song Summertime on American Idol:

That was the night that everything changed. People came up to me and said, I wasn’t voting for you at first, but I have no other choice now, baby. That night, I wanted to be pure. I wanted the world to hear me cry out [sings]: One of these mornings, y’all gonna rise up singing, then you’ll spread your wings, and fly to the sky. I wanted people to see me, to change their minds about me. And that night, they did.

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Fantasia speaks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine about being raped as a teenager.

I had a crush on this guy. He was the best ballplayer, and all the girls wanted him. I thought I had no chance with him. One day during a game after school, I was flaunting around in an itty-bitty dress. I was flirting, and he told me, You’re going to get something you don’t want. And that’s exactly what happened. Yes. I went home and threw away my clothes. I didn’t tell my mama because I thought she would say, I told you so. I just lay on my bed, and I didn’t go to school for a couple of days. My mom came to me and said, Something’s not right with you. I know that somebody put his hands on you. That’s when I knew I had her support. We turned the guy in, but going back to school was hell; his homeboys would say, I’m going to do to you exactly what he did. They thought it was funny. That’s when I quit school.

1 Jun, 2007
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McGreevey speaks to King in an interview for O Magazine about her husband cheating on her with another man.

I always thought of myself as a good judge of character people have always told me that but with Jim I was just totally off. He was charming, he was charismatic, he was always trying to help people. That’s the man I fell in love with. Actually, one person did say something to me once, but I was like, What are you talking about? Because there were also rumors that the two of us weren’t living in the same house. False things were always being said. That’s the nature of politics. So when one person mentioned the gay rumor, I dismissed it. That wasn’t the Jim I knew.

1 May, 2007
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McFadden speaks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine and tells how she feels about living in the same house where her children were murdered.

This is where they were born. I can still see their smudgy handprints on the walls. The plants they planted are here. Stuart’s tree is out in the front yard. Stan painted the house. The few minutes it took somebody to come in and put bullets into them is not what my children are all about.

16 Feb, 2007
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Kennedy, Jr. speaks about why he didn’t run for New York Attorney General:

Because I really didn’t want to be attorney general. I have the kind of life where I can take my kids on trips with me. I can involve them in my work. I’ve always avoided politics because I didn’t want to make commitments that would take me away from raising these children. But now America has changed so dramatically that I’m asking myself: What’s going to be left of this country? I’m spending time with my kids, but maybe my time would be spent just as well if I tried to save the country.

1 Feb, 2007
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Kennedy Jr. speaks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine about if he has a fear of terrorist attacks in the United States.

I think the worst thing this White House has done is to use fear as a governing tool. No, I don’t fear for our country in terms of an attack. They’ve used the excuse that 9/11 suddenly put us in the most dangerous part of our history. That’s nonsense. When you and I were raised, there were 25,000 nuclear warheads pointed at America, and we faced absolute annihilation. That was a dangerous time. When George Washington fought the British and his troops didn’t have shoes, that was a dangerous time. And during the Civil War, if we had lost Gettysburg, the United States of America would have disappeared.

1 Dec, 2006
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Rhimes speaks to Winfrey in an interview for O Magazine about watching herself on TV during an episode of Grey’s Anatomy.

I catch 20 minutes here or there, but I find it hard to watch. I want the show to be everything we shoot. After an episode is edited, there are whole chunks you guys won’t get to see. I’m like, Oooh, that was such a good scene. But I like watching the other actors.

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Rhimes speaks about how she came up with the idea to create the ABC drama Grey’s Anatomy:

My sisters and I would call each other up and talk about operations we’d seen on the Discovery Channel. There’s something fascinating about the medical world—you see things you’d never imagine, like the fact that doctors talk about their boyfriends or their day while they’re cutting somebody open. So when ABC asked me to write another pilot, the OR seemed like the natural setting.

1 Nov, 2006
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Combs talks to Winfrey for O Magazine about his career goals and dreams.

I want to have a cultural impact. I want to be an inspiration, to show people what can be done. I’ve always been a daydreamer. When the other kids were playing, I was listening to the roar at Yankee Stadium I was always attracted to the roar of the crowd. I wanted to know: What would make somebody roar like that? I was always looking at the hustle and bustle of people working. I wanted to work.

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Diddy gives his thoughts on his new album, Press Play:

This album contains much more musicality than my others. My motive was to put out the best music I could, not necessarily to sell millions of records. I’ve been number one a lot, and that’s great. The vibe of this album is about giving. I think if you believe in giving, then you know it will come back to you.

1 Oct, 2006
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Streisand gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about her childhood and teaching her mother how to smoke at age 10.

Very early. I was kind of a wild child, like an animal. I could never sit still at a table not that my family ever sat down and ate a meal together. I used to stand over the stove and eat out of a pot. There was no mealtime. I have no idea when my brother and sister ate, because I came in whenever I wanted. I also taught my mother how to smoke when I was 10.

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Streisand talks about her concert tour schedule:

I haven’t really performed much. In my entire career, I’ve played in a handful of cities in the United States and only three outside of America. Performers like Neil Diamond, U2, and Madonna tour every two years and sing in hundreds of cities all over the world. My friend Diana Krall told me she used to tour 300 out of 365 days a year. I’ve worked so little, which is why the idea of retirement is ridiculous.

1 Sep, 2006
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Fitch gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about why she became a writer.

Yes. My father was an engineer he wasn’t literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world’s great readers. Every two weeks, he’d take me to our local branch library and pull books off the shelf for me, stacking them up in my arms. Have you read this? And this? And this? He taught me to always take out the maximum number of books I think it was 12 so in case there were books I didn’t like, I’d always have something else to read. If I became a reader and then a writer, I can say that it was because of his love of books and his sharing that love. When you’re a little kid, you are small, your life is small and you’re terrifically aware of that. But when you read, you can ride Arabian horses across the desert, you can be a dog-sledder.

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Fitch speaks about her new novel, Paint It Black:

It’s about the aftermath of a suicide. I’ve struggled with depression, and so have others around me. It’s also about the moment when someone sees something in you that opens up a vision you might never have imagined for yourself. Does the vision disappear once that person is gone? Is that possibility yours or theirs?

1 Aug, 2006
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Jackman talks about getting a role in the musical The Boy From Oz early in his acting career:

I’d been offered the part in Australia six years earlier. I decided not to take it because I’d done two other musicals, and I felt like I was getting typecast. That’s a tough road to get out of. Musical theater is looked down on by people in every other form of entertainment.

1 Jun, 2006
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Jackman gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about career lessons he learns from his dad.

I had a fairly enlightened dad, though if you looked at his résumé, it might not seem that way. He was a chartered accountant for Price Waterhouse. He was strict, and we had a very ordered life. To this day, I am the least materialistic person I know, because my father didn’t raise me to just go out and buy this or that car. The only reason I wanted to make money as an actor was because I’m passionate about food! But as disciplined as my father was with money, he would never try to save a dime on education. He loved being an accountant. He’d tell me, You’ve got to love what you do because it’s going to take a lot of your effort and time. He had only one reservation about my being an actor. He said, I think you’re too thin-skinned. And I am fairly thin-skinned.

 

1 May, 2006
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Blige speaks about the inspiration behind her new album, The Breakthrough:

It means a lot. One day I realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere by blaming other people for my circumstances. I finally understood: Even if you feel someone has wronged you or owes you something, no one is going to give you anything for free. In the inner city, there’s a mentality that the government owes you something. My breakthrough came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took responsibility for every part of my life.

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Blige gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about the meaning of her album The Breakthrough. 

It means a lot. One day I realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere by blaming other people for my circumstances. I finally understood: Even if you feel someone has wronged you or owes you something, no one is going to give you anything for free. In the inner city, there’s a mentality that the government owes you something. My breakthrough came when I stopped feeling sorry for myself and took responsibility for every part of my life. No more pity parties. I’ve gotta love me more than anybody else loves me.

1 Apr, 2006
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Meg Ryan gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about CARE an international aid organization.

CARE came to me because they were initiating a campaign called I Am Powerful, which is about paralleling the lives of women in the first world with women in the third world. They’re always looking for the seed of the idea that can be most productive in building people’s lives. I just kept thinking, Wow, this is a beautiful idea. I’d gone to India before, but I’ve never seen it the way I did with CARE. Have you been there?

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Ryan speaks about visiting India on behalf of the international aid organization CARE:

CARE came to me because they were initiating a campaign called I Am Powerful, which is about paralleling the lives of women in the first world with women in the third world. They’re always looking for the seed of the idea that can be most productive in building people’s lives. I just kept thinking, “Wow, this is a beautiful idea.” I’d gone to India before, but I’ve never seen it the way I did with CARE.

1 Mar, 2006
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Rusesabagina gives an interview to Winfrey for O Magazine about his memoir, An Ordinary Man. 

Men I’d known for years were carrying machetes, grenades, guns, spears any weapon you can think of. Neighbors I’d seen as gentlemen had suddenly become killers in military uniforms.

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Rusesabagina discusses how he survived the Rwandan genocide in 1994:

It was complicated. If you want to control someone, you’ve got to keep him close, talk to him. That’s what I did [with the armed men constantly threatening to take over the hotel]. The people inside were frightened. There was no water, no electricity, and we were cooking any corn and dried beans we could find with firewood.

1 Jan, 2006
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Davis talks to Winfrey for O Magazine about her role in the show Oval Office. 

We know how powerful media images are. The show is entertainment but seeing a woman in this role week after week makes people comfortable with the idea. That’s when television is of its greatest service. This show gives us a picture of a real woman with a somewhat rounded life. Some people have asked, Why do you have to include a family? Well, every president during my lifetime has had children.

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Davis talks about going through the process of starring in the movie Thelma & Louise:

I read the script a year before I got cast. After reading it, I thought, God, I have to be in this movie. When I told my agent, he said the role had already been taken. But then the movie went through several directors and many sets of women before the producer, Ridley Scott, decided to direct it himself. So my agent called Ridley—the guy he’d called weekly for a year—and asked, Would you consider Geena for the part? Ridley said, Anyone with this much passion obviously deserves a meeting. So I met him at the Four Seasons for tea. I had notes and notes and notes on the script. I poured out my guts for two hours straight about why I should play Louise.

1 Dec, 2005
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Foxx talks to Winfrey for O Magazine about the most successful event in his career.

Winning the Oscar. Everybody was crying. Speedy, a friend I’ve known since I was Eric Bishop, and all the other guys couldn’t hold back. Because it’s like this: Halle and Denzel are supposed to win the Oscars. Speedy and I were always just a couple of Wet Willies [pranksters] with cops harassing us. You know how our folks are: When one of us wins, we all just want to celebrate.

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Foxx gives his thoughts on why winning an Oscar caught him off guard:

Winning the Oscar. Everybody was crying. Speedy, a friend I’ve known since I was Eric Bishop, and all the other guys couldn’t hold back. Because it’s like this: Halle and Denzel are supposed to win the Oscars. Speedy and I were always just a couple of Wet Willies [pranksters] with cops harassing us. You know how our folks are: When one of us wins, we all just want to celebrate.

5 Nov, 2005
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Theron discusses why she started an anti-rape campaign in South Africa in an interview with O Magazine.

When someone gave me the facts, they devastated me. I knew rape was a big problem in South Africa, but I had no idea how bad it was. One out of every three women there will be raped in her lifetime. Every 26 seconds, a woman is raped.

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