Oprah: Behind the Scenes

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Release date: May 19, 1992
Directed by: Lloyd Kramer
Produced by: Lloyd Kramer
Running time: 60 minutes

In this special, Oprah catches celebrities "in the act," speaking with them in their working environments, including Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn during the filming of "Death Becomes Her", as well as Michael Bolton and Dustin Hoffman

Oprah Winfrey, Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Michael Bolton, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Willis, Robert Zemeckis

Summary from the Paley Center Archives: Oprah talks to Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn on the “Death Becomes Her” set, goes on tour with Michael Bolton in Texas and Oklahoma, and chats with Dustin Hoffman on the set of “Hero.” First, Oprah interviews Streep and Hawn, touching on such topics as: what the most joyous experience of filming “Death Becomes Her” has been; how Hawn’s early career as a dancer has helped her acting career; what each woman thinks of the other’s abilities; and the proudest moment of Streep’s career, involving a high school performance of “The Music Man.” Oprah also speaks with the film’s director, Robert Zemeckis about the shooting process as well as working with Streep and Hawn’s co-star, Bruce Willis. A brief — and unfinished — scene from “Death Becomes Her” is also shown. Further topics touched on by Streep and Hawn include: what it means for them to be actresses; the differences between the two women’s careers; disappointments in Hawn’s career; Streep getting cast in “Sophie’s Choice” over Hawn; Streep’s favorite films from her career; stories about Streep’s children; the difficulties of being married; balancing work and family; constantly thinking – as aging actresses – that their careers are nearing an end; and why each actress feels she was specifically put on this planet.