How Bride of Chucky Ruined Oprah Winfrey’s Happiness (and Waistline)


Evil toys, you're on notice. In her upcoming interview with Piers Morgan, Oprah Winfrey reveals that the box-office performance of her 1998 Toni Morrison adaptation Beloved was the biggest failure of her life — "I don't want to call it a turkey, but it didn't work, and it sent me into a massive, depressive macaroni and cheese-eating tailspin. Literally!" — and she lays the blame at the tiny, sneakered feet of Bride of Chucky, which opened opposite the Jonathan Demme–directed film. "I didn't know that you had that weekend, and that is it," she tells Morgan. "It premiered on a Friday night and I remember hearing on Saturday morning that we got beat by something called Chucky. I didn't even know what Chucky was." Still, at least the experience was instructive, in that it helped her to empathize with what mere mortals must go through at times: "It was the only time in my life that I was ever depressed, and I recognized that 'I am depressed,' because I've done enough shows [on the topic]. 'Oh, this is what people must feel like who are depressed.'"