Oprah Winfrey is getting good reviews as the alcoholic wife of a White House servant (Forest Whitaker) in "Lee Daniels' The Butler," another big-screen triumph ("The Color Purple," "Beloved") for the talk-show host. Other talk-show hosts have tried their luck on the big screen, with mixed results. Take these 5:
STEVE ALLEN The first "Tonight Show" host starred in the grade-Z melodrama "College Confidential" (1960) as a sociology professor investigating the sexual habits of his students (especially one played by the estimable Mamie Van Doren).
JIMMY FALLON The current "Late Night" and future "Tonight Show" host had a starring role as a teacher/Red Sox fanatic in "Fever Pitch" (2005), an appealing comedy from the Farrelly Brothers.
ARSENIO HALL The pioneering late-'80s/early-'90s host (who returns to the late-night wars next month) co-starred in the hit "Coming to America" (1988). He played Sammi, who accompanies his best friend, the African prince played by Eddie Murphy, to our shores in search of a royal bride.