When Diahann Carroll was a young child, her parents struggled to keep their family afloat. They left her with her aunt in North Carolina while they built a better life back in New York, an abandonment that haunted Diahann for most of her life.
Growing up in rural South Dakota, legendary journalist Tom Brokaw discovered his passion for news at an early age. Through it all, he remained grounded, which he credits in part to the values he learned as a child. 'I've often said that I had my father's balls, my mother's brains and their common heart,' he says. Watch as Tom reflects on his nearly 'perfect parentage' and why even as a boy he always wanted to know what was going on beyond the Great Plains.
As society evolves, Susan Sarandon says, she has noticed that strictly defined gender roles and designations have begun to dissolve. In this video, she explains why she feels this change is a good thing, and shares how certain socialization concepts can be troubling for men in particular.
The biography series shares hard-won insight from extraordinary achievers whose paths have inspired Oprah — and countless others.
Reba McEntire talks about what she went through to get that number one record.
In 2001, a newcomer named Alicia Keys made her national television debut on an Oprah Show episode about women who sing.
In the 1995 film 'Dead Man Walking,' Susan Sarandon played Sister Helen Prejean, the real-life Roman Catholic nun who counseled inmates on death row. Watch Susan recall the emotional experience of working with such a heavy topic, and hear her explain why she believes the death penalty is wrong.
When singer Alicia Keys hit it big, she knew she was finally living the dream she always had for herself. Still, she says, her new success had its challenges. "I didn't even know where I lived half the time," she says. Watch as she opens up about handling her fame in the beginning and how she got through it.
In business, Ted Turner has had much success as well as his share of failure.
If supermodel Cindy Crawford was forced to choose between work and family, she says it would be an easy choice; she'd opt to be a stay-at-home mom to her two children. Watch as Cindy opens up about the validation and confidence she feels by being good at her job.
As a new college graduate, journalist Tom Brokaw was newly married to a doctor's daughter and desperate for a job. Watch as Tom reflects on starting out making $100 a week in Omaha, Nebraska, and from there going on to cover the civil rights movement in Atlanta, rubbing elbows with celebrities while reporting in Los Angeles, and finally covering international stories with NBC News in New York City. Plus, hear why Tom says that, through it all, he and his wife always kept one thing in mind: "We are still just two kids from South Dakota."
Environmentalist Ted Turner discusses his massive bison herd.
Stevie Nicks lost her mother in December 2011. Watch as the Fleetwood Mac singer reveals details about their close relationship and shares her advice for people who still have their parents in their lives.
Cindy reveals what she learned from their high-profile, four-year marriage.
The summer after she graduated from high school, aspiring model Cindy Crawford booked a job with Italian Vogue in Rome. Watch as she recounts how a hairstylist chopped off her ponytail and dyed her hair orange. Find out how this experience taught Cindy to be her own advocate.
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