Oprah Winfrey, Celine Dion, twins, sextuplets, and ‘Viva Las Vegas’ — President’s Day on The Oprah Winfrey Show marked the last performance of a singer who has appeared on the show 26 times before, more than any other entertainer, according to Ms. Winfrey. Celine Dion recently gave birth to twins, and after taking some time off, she is returning to Las Vegas to do a new one-woman show. She appeared Monday on Oprah to talk about her family and upcoming show in Las Vegas, to help the talk show host give some gifts to a large family and the audience, and to sing.
Celine Dion and her twins
Ms. Dion talked about naming her twin boys, who were born last fall. For awhile, she and her husband, Rene, had not decided on names. In the hospital, they were called “Baby A” and “Baby B.” After about a week of this, Rene said he couldn’t keep telling people who were asking that they had not yet named the babies. Finally, they compromised and named them. Nelson is named after Nelson Mandela whom Ms. Dion said they had met in person and had characteristics she and her husband admired and wanted their children to have. Eddy is named after Eddy Marnay, the producer of Ms. Dion’s first albums in French, who was a hero in her life.
After showing some footage of Ms. Dion and her husband at home with the babies and also some shots of the home in Florida with its water slides, swimming pools, and tennis court, Ms. Dion promised to return later in the show and perform. Oprah Winfrey showed the viewers at home in the meantime, that the studio audience was made up of twins.
The show then shifted to showcasing a family of sextuplets from Columbus, Ohio. Oprah Winfrey had seen a photograph of the father lying on the floor with the six babies on him or beside him and the mother in the back. The photograph was so beautiful, it made her want to meet the family.
After having problems conceiving, Mia and Rozonno McGhee decided to start on fertility drugs. They then, tragically, lost a pair of twins who were born alive but died when the umbilical cord was cut. After this tragedy, they tried again and successfully had six babies — four boys and two girls.
Gifts from Oprah, Celine, and Wal-Mart
As she often does, Oprah Winfrey gave the family gifts, this time, as she often does, with help from sponsors. Wal Mart gave the family $250,000 worth of merchandise. Celine Dion came back as well and met the family. With her help, and with the help of the hotel where her show will be, Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Mia and Rozonno McGhee were given a honeymoon stay at the hotel and premiere tickets to Celine Dion’s show. Everyone in the audience received two complimentary tickets to the show as well. Of course, the gift was made more television-worthy when feathered Vegas show girls brought the tickets down the aisles while Elvis Presley’s “Viva Las Vegas” played in the background.
To close the show, Celine Dion sang a few bars of Billy Joel’s “(Goodnight My Angel) Lullaby” from her new show while images of her family appeared on screens behind her.
Celine Dion’s new show, “Celine,” opens March 15, 2011. It will run for three years and will feature a 31-piece orchestra and new performances at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace. The Oprah Winfrey Show broadcasts weekdays from Chicago and is currently in its 25th and final season.
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