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Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'So-Called Biography' | Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Responds to 'So-Called Biography'

Originally posted 04/19/2010 05:50PM

Oprah Winfrey made her first public remarks about Kitty Kelly's controversial new book about her, deriding it as a "so-called biography."

Winfrey spoke Monday at The New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards, where she presented an award to pal Gayle King.

Winfrey skipped the red carpet but wasted no time when she took the stage bashing Kelly's book, which includes reports the daytime diva abused drugs and questions the extent of Winfrey's longtime claim of being sexually abused as a child.

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Kitty Kelley Biography Explores Oprah Winfrey's 'Secrets'

Kitty Kelley Biography Explores Oprah Winfrey's 'Secrets'

Originally posted 04/12/2010 08:45AM

In her latest unauthorized celebrity biography, Kitty Kelley takes on Oprah Winfrey, and aims to shed some light on a woman who is hugely famous and powerful but who Kelley says keeps much of her real self hidden from view.

"There are so many secrets in her life," Kelley, 68, said Monday on NBC's Today show. "Secrets about her relationship, secrets within her family."

Kelley was unable to talk to Winfrey, 56, for the book but scoured countless interviews the talk-show queen has given through the years, and also quotes friends, family members and employees – some on the record, others not – to get a glimpse inside Winfrey's closely guarded world.

Among the more personal topics Kelley attempts to address: whether Winfrey is gay, and the extent of the sexual abuse she suffered as a girl.

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Gayle King on Dancing with Clooney: He's Really Good! | Gayle King, George Clooney

Gayle King on Dancing with Clooney: He's Really Good!

Originally posted 05/09/2008 12:45PM

Gayle King is still swooning after having the chance to dance with past Sexiest Man Alive, George Clooney, earlier this week.

"I'm still smiling," Oprah Winfrey's BFF told PEOPLE Thursday at the Time magazine 100 Most Influential People in the World party in New York.

King danced with Clooney in the lobby of the Hearst building lobby where the actor was shooting an Esquire magazine spread, the New York Post's Page Six reported. (King is the editor-at-large for O Magazine headquarted in the Hearst building.)

When asked if she had enjoyed their dance, King said with an ear-to-ear smile, "You can see all 106 teeth, can't you?" She added, "He's my idea of Mr. Dreamy."

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Gayle: Oprah's School Abuse Claims 'Heart Wrenching' | Oprah Winfrey

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Gayle King Calls Oprah's School Abuse Allegations 'Heart Wrenching'

Originally posted 10/30/2007 08:15AM

Gayle King – Oprah Winfrey's best friend and a partner in the $46 million endeavor to provide education to underprivileged girls – says the two have taken a hands-on approach to investigating possible staff improprieties at the boarding school in Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg.

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