Your Wish Could Be Her Command

updated 12/27/2004 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/27/2004 01:00AM

It was a slimmer, Celine-clad Oprah Winfrey who launched her show's 19th, "Wildest Dreams Come True," season by giving Pontiac G6's worth about $28,000 each to 276 audience members, many of whom had responded to a call for viewers' worst car stories on Oprah.com. At 50, Winfrey seems content to count her blessings—"My dream was, when I first started making money, to pass it on," she said while accepting a humanitarian award at Morehouse College—and to spread the wealth in typically over-the-top fashion. Naturally, says best friend Gayle King, "Oprah doesn't do anything small."

OPRAH'S AUTUMN TO REMEMBER

SEPTEMBER 13
Winfrey gave 21-year-old Alexandra Molina, who had been homeless, a full college scholarship—room and board included—a makeover and a $10,000 wardrobe.

OCTOBER 11
She threw a baby shower for 640 military moms-to-be at Fort Campbell, Ky. Gifts included $1,000 plane tickets, $200 stroller/car seat combos and $150 digital cameras.

NOVEMBER 22
On the Favorite Things show, about 300 teachers went home with roughly $15,000 in merchandise.

NOVEMBER 30
Winfrey's Wildest Dreams bus tour surprised Bernadette Robinson, single mother of nine, with a nearly $15,000 Toys "R" Us shopping spree and a home she'll choose herself.

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