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Queen of confessional interviews Oprah has tackled the world's most famous names in shocking interviews

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Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Oprah Winfrey interviews Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Oprah Winfrey again proved herself the queen of confessional TV when she sat down with Harry and Meghan for an interview that will go down in television history.

The details that emerged have shaken a monarchy to its core and sparked divisive opinions worldwide.

But if there's anyone who's famous for getting someone to talk, it's Oprah. Hailed as "masterful" by critics and TV executives, the woman who started her multi-billion dollar career as a junior news reporter has a knack of getting the rich and powerful to reveal more than they intended. It's no coincidence that the term 'Oprahfication' has come to mean public confession of personal issues.

From showbiz to sports stars to those seeking damage limitation, Oprah is a brilliant and curious listener and a master at the perfectly timed question. Here are some of the most memorable moments from the woman known as The Queen of All Media.

Tom Cruise

He had one job - to promote his new movie, War of the Worlds.

But Tom Cruise's 2005 appearance painted him as strange and bizarre and spawned a million YouTube videos and memes.

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Tom Cruise famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch to proclaim his love for Katie Holmes (Ian West/PA)

Tom Cruise famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch to proclaim his love for Katie Holmes (Ian West/PA)

Tom Cruise famously jumped on Oprah Winfrey’s couch to proclaim his love for Katie Holmes (Ian West/PA)

Professing his love for future ex-wife Katie Holmes, Cruise jumped up to stand on the sofa before Oprah said: "He's gone, he's gone. The boy is gone". He then kneeled on the ground and declared: "That's how I feel about it. I'm in love," before bursting into laughter as we all picked our jaws up off the floor.

Lance Armstrong

Airing over two nights, it was meant to be a straightforward confessional and the cyclist turned up well prepared.

But the host was not for soft-soaping, and grilled the cheat with dozens of detailed questions about the extent of his years of disgrace and denials.

She wanted him to get specific, and the filleting showed the sheer extent of her skills as a dogged interviewer. The cyclist made few new fans from the interview, where he made only limited confessions and claimed it was "impossible" to win the Tour de France without cheating.

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Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Lance Armstrong

Whitney Houston

Whitney was in the middle of a very public battle with addiction when she appeared on Oprah for the first time in several years in 2009.

Sadly, it was to be one of her last ever interviews. For the first time, she spoke out about her abusive relationship with Bobby Brown and her struggles with addiction and recovery.

Speaking of how she would do light drugs before the success of The Bodyguard, she said that things got heavy after that success. "By The Preacher's Wife, [doing drugs] was an everyday thing. ... I would do my work, but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day. ... I wasn't happy by that point in time. I was losing myself.

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Whitney Houston (Peter Jordan/PA)

Whitney Houston (Peter Jordan/PA)

Whitney Houston (Peter Jordan/PA)

"We were lacing our marijuana with base. We weren't on crack.

"We weren't on no crack stuff. We weren't buying $20 jumbos. We were paying money. We were buying kilos and ounces and ounces. We would have our stash," she told the presenter.

Michael Jackson

The most-viewed TV interview in history by a large margin, Jackson's 1993 interview was watched by 90 million people. In his first such interview in 14 years, he opened the gates of his Neverland ranch to the presenter.

Described by her as "the most exciting interview I've ever done", it was before any allegations were made about sexual abuse.

In the interview he spoke about the controversy about his skin colour, his difficult relationship with his father, and missing out on a normal childhood.

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Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson

"I remember going to the recording studio, and there was a park across the street, and I'd see all the children playing and I would cry," he told her.

Upon memorably being asked: "Are you a virgin?" Jackson declined to reply.

"I'm a gentleman," he said. "That's something that's private, that shouldn't be spoken about openly. You can call me old-fashioned if you want, but to me that's very personal."

Kim Kardashian

Thrust into the limelight after the leaking of a sex tape, Kim did a big interview with Oprah in 2012 where she talked about the tape and the break-up of her marriage to Kris Humphries.

She said she deeply regretted making the tape with Ray-J - and denied it was she who had leaked it. "Why would anyone put that humiliation out on self and family?" she said.

"That was how I was introduced to the world. I'm aware, I'm not naive to that fact. It was a negative way so I felt like I really had to work ten times harder to get people to see the real me."

Donald Trump

Incredibly, one of the first times Donald Trump mentioned a presidential run was on Oprah way back in 1988. "Who, me? I think I'd win," he memorably told her. "I'll tell you what: I wouldn't go in to lose."

On to promote his book, it didn't take him long to start talking about foreign policy and making American allies pay their dues.

Mike Tyson

In an emotionally charged 2009 interview, Tyson became choked up as he spoke with the presenter about his stint in prison, the infamous Evander Holyfield fight where he bit part of his rival's ear off, and the death of his daughter.

"I was angry that he was butting my head," he said of the Holyfield fight.

"He kept butting me and cutting my head. I was just enraged, and I wanted to inflict so much pain on him and stuff.

"I was just pissed off that he was such a great fighter too. ... I wanted to just beat him up."

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