Celebrating Oprah

Oprah Winfrey & Gayle King: Inside Their 35-Year Friendship

They've talked their way through a road trip, 140 appearances on Oprah and those gay rumors. Look back at their enduring bond


While working as an anchor at Baltimore's WJZ-TV, Oprah, 22, offers Gayle, 21, a production assistant at the channel, a place to crash during a snow storm. "We became friends that first night because for the first time, I met somebody who I felt was like me," Gayle tells O magazine in 2006. "I'd never met anybody like that. Certainly not another black girl."