Oprah wows a near-capacity crowd in Brisbane

Oprah Winfrey entertained a near capacity crowd of over 14,000 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Thursday night.

The talk show queen shared over two hours worth of stories and life lessons to a mostly female audience.

Speaking in a sparkly silver dress and wearing “better shoes” than when she first started out, she stood in front of a backdrop that frequently changed to display images that reflected what she was discussing.


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Guests were treated to an image of her favourite “reflection” point, a cluster of large trees surrounding several seats.  She explained that she makes a cup of coffee and tries to sit there every morning when she is at home.

She also frequently referenced Brisbane (pictured below).

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At one point she invited the men to stand, acknowledging that they had racked up some brownie points with their partners and spouses, just for attending.

Nothing was off the table for the 61-year-old who fronted the Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, which remains the highest-rated talk show in American television history.

At one point an audience member called out “where’s Stedman,” referring to Oprah’s partner Stedman Graham, who she has been seeing since 1986.

Without so much as a pause she replied that he was meant to be with her in Brisbane but had a cold so could not fly.

She added that best friend Gayle King would also be by her side but she was reading the morning CBS news.

Oprah also encouraged her audience to start to keep a gratitude journal, explaining that it could be used to record anything they were thankful for during the day.  She said one day not much happened she wrote down that she was grateful for “three squirrels playing”.

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The owner of the Own Network drew some nervous laughter when she said she had been Skyping with her dog Sadie while she was in Australia.

She said she decided not to bring her pet with her in case she ended up in a Brisbane jail, loosely referencing the Johnny Depp dog saga that is playing out in the courts.

Oprah certainly impressed, barely pausing for breath during the more than two hour long show, finishing by saying “there is no life without a spiritual life”.

She concluded “it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been frustrated or stalled or stuck or scared, it does not matter if you have been disappointed or disheartened coz you’re still here and if you’re still here you get a second chance”.

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What an incredible evening. You’ve captured the experience well, here. Thanks