He spent 44 days suspended from a glass box by the River Thames in London. He was buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin in New York City. Now, he's held his breath longer than anyone underwater.
Magician David Blaine's latest feat of endurance was to break the current world record of holding one's breath underwater live in front of Oprah's studio audience.
Blaine held his breath underwater for 17 minutes and 4 seconds -- beating the current world record of 16 minutes and 32 seconds, a record set Feb. 10 by Switzerland's Peter Colat, according to Guinness World Records.
Blaine's been holding his breath under water for eight minutes: As soon as his body senses his oxygen has been cut off, the body goes into "survival mode" -- sending oxygen to vital organs including the heart and brain, Oprah said.
As long as blood continues to circulate throughout his body, Blaine can survive.
Less than ten minutes before stunt begins: The average human heart beats an average of about 60-80 beats per minute. Blaine's going to stay underwater until it becomes dangerous -- or until his heart lowers to 10 beats a second.
23-minute countdown: In about 19 minutes -- Blaine will risk his life by holding his breath under water. Beforehand, Blaine has to breath pure oxygen for 23 minutes before attempting the death defying stunt.
For the first time since Oprah's 50th birthday bash, the talk show host's long-time partner is in the audience today to witness spectacle David Blaine try and break a world record for holding his breath underwater.
The current record stands a little over 16 minutes -- and Blaine will try and break that record in front of a live studio audience in Chicago.
He spent 44 days suspended from a glass box by the River Thames in London. He was buried alive for a week in a see-through coffin in New York City.
Magician David Blaine's latest feat of endurance likely will last less than 17 minutes, but he's planning to do it in front of talk show queen Oprah Winfrey -- and her audience of millions.
Blaine will try to break the world record for breath-holding during this morning's live broadcast of ''The Oprah Winfrey Show,'' less than two years after going into convulsions during a similar attempt.
The time he has to beat is 16 minutes and 32 seconds, a record set Feb. 10 by Switzerland's Peter Colat, according to Guinness World Records. AP
After years of gossip speculation about their on again/off again friendship, Tommy and Oprah are back together again.
Oprah taped a one-on-one with Cruise at his home in Telluride, Colo., on Friday for a show schedule to air in the next week. Cruise is slated to join Winfrey in her studio as well to mark the 25-year anniversary of his breakout performance in "Risky Business."
"No one has mastered the genre like Oprah Winfrey, who has turned TV into her temple," the Post said. " Winfrey is a goddess to American women, a humanitarian who never runs out of ways to make the world a better place and the most influential media personality in America."
The newspaper cited Winfrey's success of commanding a talk show, book club, magazine, satellite radio and highly anticipated launch of the Oprah Winfrey Network with Discovery as playing a role into her huge fan following.
Popular HBO hit "The Sopranos" topped the list, with CBS's "All in the Family" coming in second.
First: "The Sopranos"
Second: "All in the Family" Third: "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
Fourth: "American Idol"
Fifth: "The West Wing"
Sixth: "Mary Tyler Moore"
Ninth: "Twin Peaks"
Tenth: "Sesame Street"
If you've still got it at 68, you might as well still flaunt it. Tina Turner revealed this week during a taping of the Oprah show she's going back on tour again.
Turner -- one of the most popular selling singers of all time -- said pal Sophia Loren convinced her to go back on tour, asking when she's going to get "back to work."
Proud Tina -- who hasn't toured for eight years -- is kicking off her yet-to-be-named tour Oct. 1 in Kansas City. Sources claim Turner has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer ever -- her last tour being attended by over four million proud listeners.
Turner's taping with Oprah and special guest Cher is slated to air May 8.
The last time we saw Tom Cruise on Oprah, he was jumping up and down on her couch like a kid on a sugar high. (Come on Tom, didn't someone teach you proper manners?).
Let's hope after three years, Tommy's a little more behaved.
The actor -- married to Katie Holmes and the proud papa of picture-perfect Suri Cruise -- is making a return to Oprah's daytime show, MSNBC reports.
The timing comes as Cruise celebrates the 25th anniversary of his role in "Risky Business." Warner Home Video has confirmed special plans for the anniversary, and other celebs have been recruited to join Cruise during his hour on Oprah.
Four years after their last appearance on Oprah's highly-rated daytime talk show, the gals of "Sex and the City" -- including Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon and Kristin Davis -- are slated to appear on the show again next month to promote their new movie.
The girls reunite in the movie -- out May 30 -- for the first time on screen since the popular HBO television series went off air in 2004. Despite public filming across New York City, the plot of the movie has been heavily kept secret, with several scenes allegedly filmed to throw fans off.
Chicago favorite Jennifer Hudson takes on a new role in the movie, playing the glamorous Carrie Bradshaw's personal assistant.
Talks are already underway for a sequel to the highly-anticipated movie.
On Tuesday, Perez Hilton reported that pop diva Fergie has recorded the title song to the new movie: listen here.
Oprah hugs long-time pal John Travolta during Sunday's episode of the "Big Give" on ABC.
Viewers are gonna be able to get a little more up close and personal with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey.
Harpo president Tim bennett -- citing recent partnerships with Internet calling phenom Skype -- announced Monday that Oprah's top-rated daytime show will go hi-definition come fall.
“We’re pleased to offer viewers their favorite daytime talk show -- the Oprah show -- in stunning HD beginning this fall,” Harpo president Tim Bennett said in a statement to Broadcasting & Cable. “From our cutting-edge production values to our recent partnership with Skype, Harpo is embracing new technologies to always deliver the highest-quality content for our viewers.”
Oprah's previous specials -- Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy and The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special -- were produced in HD.
According to Sun-Times columnist Bill Zwecker, Oprah's show on puppy mills has gotten a huge response. One viewer apparently donated the cost of 100 surgeries to PETA's spay/neuter program after seeing the show.
Oprah dedicated the show to her dog Sophie, who died last month. >
Thomas Beatie is just as excited as any future dad would be. Except this isn't your everyday miracle-making story: He's the one giving birth.
On "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Thursday, the 34-year-old transgender male from Oregon talked about being the world's first "pregnant man."
Wife Nancy -- who has two daughters from a previous marriage -- was unable to have any more children after suffering complications from a medical condition.
The couple say they've gotten mixed reaction from family members and neighbors.
Beatie was born and lived the life of a female for 24 years. It wasn't until after college that he embarked on his "true identity." Beatie took testosterone and had his breasts removed but kept his reproductive organs -- hoping one day to conceive a child.
He was artificially inseminated in 2007 but lost the baby. Beatie has carried this baby 24 weeks.
"Love makes a family" Beatie said. "And that's all that matters."
Thomas describes finding a doctor to treat his pregnancy very hard.
"Is there something really wrong with us?" Nancy says.
Nine doctors later -- Dr. Kimberly James took on Thomas and Nancy's pregnancy. At 24 weeks into the pregnancy, Oprah's cameras capture what'd normally be a routine ultrasound, except this time it's with a man.
"I can't believe that she's inside me," Thomas said. "It's so surreal."