Valdosta Daily Times

August 17, 2013

Valdosta woman speaks to Oprah

By Desiree Murphy
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — A Lowndes County resident was able to mark a seemingly impossible item off her bucket list Thursday night.

She spoke to Oprah. As in Oprah Winfrey.

Bravo’s popular late-night, interactive talk show, “Watch What Happens: Live,” allowed fans to submit questions to ask megastar Oprah Winfrey. Out of an estimate of millions of questions submitted, show producers selected a question by Brooke Starr of Valdosta as one of five to be used on the show.

Brooke Starr, who also auditioned for the popular television show “American Idol” in 2009, was alerted to the opportunity to be on “Watch What Happens: Live” through the show’s Facebook page.

“I submitted a couple of questions and didn’t really give it any more thought until I received a phone call from the producers saying they’d chosen mine,” Starr said Friday.

When put on air, Starr was given the opportunity to speak with host Andy Cohen and Oprah Winfrey via telephone. After telling Cohen how adorable he is, Starr explained to Oprah how her recent college graduation and decision to become a teacher was heavily influenced by Winfrey’s inspirational life.

Starr asked who inspired Oprah. Winfrey said that poet and author Maya Angelou was her personal inspiration. Oprah also complimented Starr’s accomplishments and her Southern accent.

Starr said the experience was truly gratifying.

“I had to put myself through college and recently graduated from Valdosta State University on July 27th,” Starr said, “so talking to Oprah was a great graduation gift. It was amazing to talk to someone who is your inspiration.”

Starr wakes up everyday ready to face whatever life may have in store for her and pursues opportunities no matter how wild they may seem to others.

As she continues pursuing other items on her bucket list, Brooke Starr said she hopes others will stop thinking that something can’t happen to them and just make it happen.