SOME Sydneysiders were overcome with excitement as Oprah climbed Sydney Harbour Bridge yesterday.
One lady, jumping up and down and rubbing her face in the anticipation of glimpsing the television queen, sent a policeman into fits of giggles. Almost hoarse from screaming all morning, she said: ''I've got a headache, feel sick, wanna vomit.''
But it was apparently worth it. ''She [Oprah] looked at me,'' she said, and then came the tears. ''She's unbelievable.''
For half a dozen loyal fans it began at dawn at the bridge climb office.
Two hundred and seventy of Oprah's guests, some in Australian T-shirts, joined her on the climb - believed to be the most climbers on the bridge at the one time. As the guests descended, clapping and waving, one woman called out: ''Aussie, Aussie, Aussie,'' to which the crowd responded: ''Oi, Oi, Oi.''
Oprah is due to take a cruise to Rose Bay today as maritime workers meet at 10am to decide on a 24-hour strike they say will disrupt filming of The Oprah Winfrey Show at the Opera House tomorrow.
The Maritime Union of Australia said it would be a last resort but if action over a wage dispute went ahead workers would not deploy the buoys necessary to ensure the exclusion zone at the Opera House was in place for the filming. That would surely lead to more tears from fans.