The Associated Press
Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years.
Winfrey filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.
"We have entered into a purchasing agreement with Sterling Bay for the four-building Harpo Studios campus in Chicago's West Loop," Harpo told Crain's Chicago Business (http://bit.ly/1iRqccg ) in a statement. "We expect the transaction to be closed in 30 days. The property will be leased back to Harpo for two years and the studio will continue to produce programming for OWN."
About 200 people work at the 3.5-acre campus, which will sell for about $32 million, Crain's reported Sunday. Harpo said it expects to close the transaction in 30 days.
Winfrey first came to Chicago in 1984 to WLS-TV's morning talk show, "A.M. Chicago." A month later, the show was No. 1 in the market and renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 1985.
Winfrey moved to Harpo Studios in 1990 and is credited with transforming the once-gritty industrial area to a neighborhood filled with families and trendy restaurants.
In 2011, then-Chicago Mayor Richard Daley named the street outside Harpo Studios "Oprah Winfrey Way."
Information from: CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS.
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By Rodney Thrash
For years, Oprah doled out televisions, trips and cars to members in the studio audience of her long-running daytime talk show.
So when an Atlanta woman saw Lady O in a gorgeous ensembleon ESSENCE magazine's March cover, she hopped on Twitter and asked Oprah for the dress, according to ESSENCE.com.
"you look beautiful in that essence cover pic," snobaby brandiwrote under the Twitter handle snobaby28. "WOW. CAN I please have that dress? Cuz I know u won't wear again lol luv u"
And guess what? Oprah responded.
"you're right I won't wear ever again contact my asst. and show her this tweet," she wrote.
snobaby brandi did just that. Less than a week later, she tweeted Oprah again.
"THANK YOU! Recv beautiful dress. Plan to wear at my wedding when I find a groom lol but will twt pic wearing it soon. Luv u to life!"
Obama, Clinton Voted Most Admired Man and WomanFormer President George W. Bush and Oprah Winfrey came in second. By Joyce Jones
The Affordable Care Act is still as unpopular as ever, causing President Obama's job approval numbers to flatline, but Obama is still the man for a majority of Americans. For the sixth consecutive year, the president has been ranked the most admired man, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.
Each year, Gallup conducts the survey in which Americans name the man and woman living anywhere in the world whom they admire most. This year's poll was conducted between Dec. 5-8.
Former first lady, senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton was named the most popular – for the 12th consecutive year. She has, however, topped the list 18 times, the most of any woman since Gallup began asking the question in 1948.
Former President George W. Bush and Pope Francis were tied for second place with four percent of support. Finishing behind Clinton was media mogul Oprah Winfrey, at 6 percent, followed by First Lady Michelle Obama and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
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