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


Four years after serving as maid of honor at Gayle's 1982 nuptials to William Bumpus, Oprah finds love with Stedman Graham. Stedman and Gayle become Oprah's pillars of support as her profile skyrockets with the popularity of The Oprah Winfrey Show. "What's made their friendship so successful is they both love to talk," Stedman says on Oprah in 2011. "So they made a pretty good living out of talking, and they're interested in the same things. They basically are sisters."