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April 15th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

New book alleges Oprah 'shackled by secrets'

(CNN) – Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most influential women in the world. She has reigned as the the queen of daytime TV for more than 20 years. Her magazine "O" turns 10 this year. She even has her own cable network.

What do we really know about the media superstar?

A new, unauthorized biography alleges Ms. Winfrey is "shackled by secrets." It's called, "Oprah: A Biography," and its author, Kitty Kelley, joined us on Thursday's American Morning.

Filed under: Entertainment
April 15th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Obama to unveil vision for U.S. space program

(CNN) – President Obama travels to the Kennedy Space Center today to outline his vision for America's space program.

Space veterans and NASA's rank-and-file are criticizing the president's plan, saying they're concerned about the future of American space travel. Our Suzanne Malveaux has the report.

Read more: Apollo astronauts decry Obama space plans

Filed under: NASA
April 15th, 2010
08:30 AM ET

Excerpt: 'This Time Together' by Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett's book ''This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection'' is seen on display in New York City.

Carol Burnett's book ''This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection'' is seen on display in New York City.

From “This Time Together”
By Carol Burnett

Jimmy Stewart

My grandmother Nanny and I were at the picture show. I hadn’t reached two digits yet in age because I distinctly remember my feet couldn’t touch the floor of the movie house. Nanny and I were still living in San Antonio, Texas. My mama and daddy had gone ahead to California, where Nanny and I would later wind up.

The feature had just begun, and his face lit up the screen. I couldn’t take my eyes off him. He was talking to a beautiful lady in a nightclub somewhere. I’m not sure what the movie was. It didn’t matter. He had a kind of crooked smile and spoke with a soft . . . what kind of voice was it? A drawl? The camera followed him as he stood up. You could see how very long his legs were. I was sure his feet never had trouble reaching the floor.

“Skinny as a string bean,” Nanny said. After the picture show, we went home to the old house, and I couldn’t get the man in the movie out of my mind. He wasn’t just an actor like all the others I’d seen in picture shows. This man was different. He spoke to me. I tried to explain this to Nanny.

“Nanny, I know that man.”
“What do you mean, you know him?”
“I just do. He’s my friend; we just haven’t met yet.”
“That’s nice, dear. Drink your Ovaltine and go to bed.”


Reprinted from “This Time Together” by Carol Burnett. Copyright © 2010. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group.

Filed under: Entertainment
April 15th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Prosecutors: IRS is like an ATM for inmates

(CNN) – Tax fraud can land you in jail for years, but would you believe one of the most successful tax scams is being pulled off from behind bars?

Experts say it's happening, the IRS knows about it and the government isn't doing anything to stop it. Our John Zarrella has the report.

Filed under: Crime
April 15th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Can GOP embrace Tea Party movement?

(CNN) – It is the Tea Party's big day: Tax day. Today, there are more than 600 protests against big government spending scheduled across the country. The biggest one is in the nation's capital.

The Tea Party Express wrapping up its cross-country tour there after a stop at the site of the original tea party – Boston. The first lady of the movement, Sarah Palin, was there.

Slowly but surely, tea partiers and Republicans are forging ties, but some are skeptical. Our Jim Acosta has the report.

Read more: Tea Party battles for 'soul of this country'

Filed under: Politics
April 15th, 2010
06:30 AM ET

Excerpt: 'Oprah: A Biography'

Oprah Winfrey at a screening Of ''Precious'' on November 1, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

Oprah Winfrey at a screening Of ''Precious'' on November 1, 2009 in Hollywood, California.

From "Oprah: A Biography"
By Kitty Kelley


I MET OPRAH WINFREY when I was on a book promotion tour in Baltimore in 1981, and she was cohosting WJZ’s morning show, People Are Talking, with Richard Sher. We sat down before the show began, and as I recall, Richard did most of the talking, while Oprah seemed a bit standoffish, which I didn’t understand until later. He interviewed me on the air and then joined Oprah on the set with a compliment about our lively exchange. Oprah shook her head with displeasure. “I don’t approve of that kind of book,” she said. “I have relatives she wrote a book about and they didn’t like it at all.”

I looked at the producer and asked what in the world she was talking about. I understood what she meant by “that kind of book”—an unauthorized biography written without the subject’s cooperation or control—but I was perplexed by her reference to my having written a book about her relatives. The only biography I had written at the time was the life story of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Jack Oh!), and my research had not turned up with any Winfrey relatives in that family tree.

The producer looked slightly uncomfortable. “Well…Oprah is close to Maria Shriver, plus she’s very much in awe of the Kennedys…I guess she considers herself part of the family in a way and…she knows they were upset by your book because it was so revealing…and…well, that’s why we decided to have Richard do your segment.” READ MORE

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