Winfrey once stormed out of a Washington, D.C., art gallery after the owner asked her to come upstairs to see three paintings he had bought and shipped to his shop for her viewing, at her request. According to Kelley, Winfrey referred to herself in the third person and said, "Oprah does not do stairs," then left hastily without purchasing a painting.
Winfrey was somewhat "spoiled" growing up, according to her cousin, Katherine Carr Esters. "Where Oprah got that nonsense about growing up in filth and roaches I have no idea," Esters is quoted as saying in "Oprah." "I've confronted her and asked, 'Why do you tell such lies?' Oprah told me, 'That's what people want to hear. The truth is boring.'"
Winfrey speaks highly of herself. Kelley quotes the talk show host as saying, "I really like me, I really do. ... When you mention great actresses, you'll have to say my name. ... I know people really really love me, love me, love me."