How Oprah gets it done

In this episode:

  • You can’t hide from Oprah. Page Six learned that the talk show icon once had to track down Nobel laureate Toni Morrison by calling her local fire department.
  • LGBTQ+ activist Billie Lee is getting candid about her “Vanderpump Rules” experience.
  • And Pusha T is nothing if not on-brand, especially when it comes to naming his baby Brixx.

      


Here’s a closer look at some of today’s stories:

Oprah will find you

Toni Morrison and Oprah Winfrey in 1998The LIFE Picture Collection via

Oprah Winfrey once tracked down Nobel laureate Toni Morrison by calling her local fire department, according to the filmmaker behind a new documentary about the famed writer reveals.

Director of the “American Masters” episode “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, told Page Six, “Oprah wanted to adapt her book ‘Beloved’ into a film but she didn’t have Toni’s phone number. So the only way of tracking her down was for her to get in touch with [Morrison’s] local fire department.”

He also went into detail about the reaction from the late Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, who died last year.

“The best part is, when Toni answered the phone, her initial reaction was not excitement. Toni asked [Oprah], ‘How did you get my number?’ ”

Billie Lee’s ‘Vanderpump’ truth

Billie LeeGetty Images

Billie Lee is pulling back the curtain on her “Vanderpump Rules” experience – which would leave her in a deep depression.

“I had some of the hardest times with that show and a lot of my mental health took its toll,” the transgender activist, 36, recently told Page Six. “I slipped into a really bad depression … and when the suicidal thoughts came in, that’s when I knew I had to really, like, check my mental health and get back into order and disconnect myself from the whole ‘Vanderpump’ stuff.”

Baby Brixx

Pusha T and Nigel Brixx ThorntonInstagram

Pusha T announced on Instagram on Monday that his wife, Virginia Williams, gave birth to the couple’s first child, Nigel Brixx Thornton.

Accompanying images of the newborn, 43-year-old rapper added the caption: “NIGEL BRIXX THORNTON 🚀 JUNE 11 2020.”

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Filed under6/18/20