October 7th, 2010
03:10 PM ET
There's no question that Oprah Winfrey has helped millions of people since her talk show premiered 25 years ago, but actress Christina Ricci says she wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the TV titan.
"I've always been addicted to 'Oprah.' She's all about bettering your life," the former "Addams Family" star explains in the latest issue of Time Out New York.
In fact, 29-year-old Ricci says, "Oprah saved me when I was six, by the way. I had a really bad head injury, and my mother let me go to sleep."
Thankfully, another family member was also a Winfrey fan. "My sister had been watching an 'Oprah' show about childhood head injuries just that afternoon, and she was like, 'Wake her up!' I was in the hospital for, like, nine hours, and they said, 'Thank God you woke her up when you did.'"
Not surprisingly, Ricci, who is currently making her Broadway debut in "Time Stands Still," was devastated when Winfrey, 56, announced that she was ending her talk show.
"I cried when Dolly Parton sang 'I Will Always Love You' on that episode [this past May]," she admits. "But then I realized that Oprah’s going to have her own show on her own network!"
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