Photo Coverage: Oprah Winfrey Legends Ball

On May 11th, television hostess/actress/The Color Purple producer Oprah Winfrey honored 25 great women--including theatre stars such as Leslie Uggams and Melba Moore--at the Legends Ball, which took place at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York.

The Legends Ball will be broadcast on ABC on May 15th from 8 PM to 9 PM. "As the one-year anniversary of her memorable Legends Ball nears, Oprah Winfrey brings to television her personal archival footage from the three-day, once-in-a-lifetime celebration honoring 25 legendary women in the fields of art, entertainment and civil rights," state notes on ABC's website. Visit www.abc.go.com for more information.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

Photo Coverage: Oprah Winfrey Legends Ball
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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.