In 1986, a pre-billionaire Oprah Winfrey talked with Wallace about how she overcame racial challenges being a black newscaster in the South, her issues with her weight, and how she prepped for her rise to talk show success. "I know now that I'm where I am because I always believed I could get here," Winfrey said.
"I will do well because I am not defined by a show... I think we are defined by the way we treat ourselves and the way we treat other people," she added. "It would be wonderful to be acclaimed as this talk show host who's 'made it.' But if that doesn't happen, there are other important things in my life."