SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP/NEWS10 ABC) - Oprah Winfrey paid a visit to
two of the graduates from the celebrity's school in South Africa who are
enrolled at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs.
A spokeswoman for OWN, Winfrey's cable channel, says that the former daytime
talk-show queen was at Skidmore College on Monday night to meet with two
graduates from Winfrey's Leadership Academy for Girls. The academy, a boarding
school for underprivileged South African girls, opened in 2007.
The two young women are both now studying at Skidmore.
Christel MacLean, co-owner of The Crown Grill on Broadway in Saratoga Springs,
tells local media outlets that Winfrey and the two students had dinner at the
restaurant Monday night in a private back room.
"We got a phone call early in the afternoon saying
Oprah wanted to dine here and we should expect calls from her people at Harpo
and we got calls through the afternoon and at 7:30 she arrived for
dinner," said MacLean.
"She mentored those young women for many years and now
to have them in college she was like a proud mom visiting for parent's weekend
basically," said MacLean. "It was a warm relationship. You could tell
they were kind of basking in the glow and sharing a nice intimate
The Associated Press Contributed to this report.
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