Inside Oprah's All-Star Weekend
May 16, 2005
a party only Oprah could throw, as Tom Cruise, John
Travolta, Halle Berry and Mariah Carey led a cavalcade
of stars up the California coast to Santa Barbara for
a weekend to remember.
Oprah had been planning the top-secret, three-day extravaganza
celebrating the achievements of African American women
for a year now. And she was so overwhelmed by the weekend
that she even showed behind-the-scenes footage on her
own show Monday.
"There could not be an Angela Bassett had there
not been a Cicely Tyson," Oprah insisted. "No
Alicia Keys had there not been a Tina Turner."
And from Halle Berry to Usher, the stars enjoyed every
minute of the weekend. New beau Tom Cruise swept Katie
Holmes right off her feet, while luminaries like Janet
Jackson and Sidney Poitier glowed in all the star power.
"There really aren't any words to describe it,"
"The miracle of Oprah Winfrey," noted Poitier.
But aside from all the glam and glitter, Oprah made
the weekend's message clear: "I just wanted to
say to these women, 'Your life has mattered to my life,'"
Embroidered invitations welcomed honorees to Oprah's
Montecito estate for a Friday luncheon where honorees
were assigned private waiters and given red alligator
gift boxes containing $200,000 diamond earrings.
"The most incredibly beautiful earrings I'd ever
seen," Alicia Keys insisted.
The scene then moved to the posh Bacara Resort on Saturday
night for the Legends Ball, where guests were instructed
to wear black or white.
"No matter where I was in the world, I was going
to be there," Lionel Richie told us.
Meanwhile, Oprah's pal Gayle King spied on things for
"Good Morning America" and found out how party
planner to the stars Colin Cowie wowed all of the power
Eighty cases of champagne were flown in from France,
120 pounds of tuna came from Japan and 20,000 white
peonies arrived from Ecuador and Israel to add a little
"She's truly a legend," Usher said of Oprah.
Yes, it seems Miss O topped herself once again, and
Poitier's final words seemed to cover the feelings of
millions of fans across the world: "I just love