While its name has already been emblazoned on a sign outside the entrance of Harpo Studios, it turns out that "Oprah Winfrey Way" still faces one more hurdle before it officially honors the Chicago native and daytime talk legend's 25 years on the airwaves.
As the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday, Winfrey's honorary street designation was never approved by the City Council's Transportation Committee. According to sources referenced in the Sun-Times report, the city ignored protocol in order for outgoing Mayor Richard Daley (whose last day in office was May 13) and Winfrey (whose United Center finale was taped May 17) to share the stage in marking the occasion.
The committee is due to deliberate the designation along with a dozen others in a meeting later today. The sign is expected to be approved.
The May 11 ceremony added Winfrey's name to the list of about 1,300 luminaries already honored by a street name in Chicago. The one-woman media empire stood by Daley's side and described the designation as "better than an Oscar or an Emmy," both of which she, incidentally, has been either received or been nominated for. In addition to her show's 47 Emmy wins, Winfrey was recognized with the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award Emmy in 2002. She was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in "The Color Purple" in 1985.
"It is really just a full circle, miracle story," Winfrey said May 11, "that a little colored girl born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on a red dirt road ends up with my name on a street in the greatest city in the world, Chicago."
"I'd like to say thank you to the mayor and city of Chicago," she continued. "This place is my terra. Scarlett O'Hara should have known Chicago."