Eric Schaeffer
Theater director

Eric Schaeffer

Co-founder and artistic director for Signature Theatre in Arlington, which won the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained artistic excellence.

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Playing hard, working harder

Q: How hard is it to stay grounded when you've had as much success as Oprah? Kitty Kelley's new biography discusses her charitable giving and her big-time indulgences. Should anyone begrudge her $500 mink eyelashes or $365,000 Bentley? And why do we love reading about the foibles of the rich and famous?

It's hard to imagine Oprah's life. Can any of us even begin to imagine the demands of her time? She's worked really hard over the past 25 years in television and deserves all the success.

What is so unique about her is that she actually shares her success with others. She supports causes. She supports friends. And she never has an agenda going on -- her journalist standards are fair and instructive.

You think of the work she has done in Africa, as well as in our own country, of just bringing problems that everyday Americans face to the forefront. She alone cracked the case of the Pennsylvania puppy mills and getting tighter regulations in place by exposing the conditions and mistreatment of animals. She earned all her money and she should be able to spend it or give it away anyway she pleases.

Perhaps the question to ask is, why did Kitty Kelley pick Oprah for her subject of her book? I'm sure that was all driven by the profits Ms. Kelly would make from this unauthorized biography. Everyone is driven by fame and fortune, so I find it interesting that the people who honestly earn it, deserve it.

Other people who feel like they can make a buck by throwing some stories around that are hearsay don't interest me. If they had the talent, they'd be earning a living like Oprah and spending their earnings however they like. I always say, "I like to play hard, but I work even harder."

By Eric Schaeffer  |  April 22, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  The lush life Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I don't know why but I generally don't begrudge or dislike most people who make/have a lot of money, unless they're a rude snob, and then it's not their money, it's their crappy personality.

Though I do admit to disliking Wall Street and banking executives. A lot!

I did take Oprah's on-line class with Eckhardt Tolle, it was wonderful. I don't think anyone could ever make me not like Ms Winfrey. She's a true jewel.


As far as Kitty Kelly goes, she writes for people who like reading about a lot of dirt. I doubt Oprah really cares. It's what one should expect from a person whose name is Kitty.

Posted by: nrk55 | April 27, 2010 1:16 AM
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Ooh...that's an interesting point. Why did Mz Lelley choose Oprah?

Posted by: MDey | April 26, 2010 1:25 PM
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