Tens of thousands of Oprah Winfrey fans lined up at Chicago's United Center Tuesday evening for the taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," which may be the biggest gathering of A-list celebrities that the city has ever seen.
More than 154,000 people requested tickets to the two-show taping, and the lucky ticket winners were asked to be at the United Center by 5 p.m. when doors opened. The first taping began around 7 p.m., when Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise surprised the biggest star of the show--Winfrey herself. Then, a performance by Patti LaBelle and Josh Groban, a confession from Madonna, a video salute from Tina Fey and Steve Carell, a Dakota Fanning moment and a performance by Beyonce--all in the first hour. Click HERE to read more and see more pics.
|Ella Acker from Forest Park, Ill., left, Rita Young from Summit, Ill., and Valeria Freeman from Chicago show off their tickets to The Oprah Winfrey Show Tuesday, May 17, 2011, outside of the United Center in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)|