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The Time of My Life

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10/26/02

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh, oh, this is the best moment of my life, hands down. Until I have a baby, that is”

—Jessica SIMPSON, on her wedding to Nick Lachey

7/13/02

“For me, becoming a parent changed everything. My priorities straightened out. He’s just the greatest thing that’s ever happened in my life.”

ANGELINA JOLIE, on the adoption of her son Maddox

2/15/04

“It was the greatest day of my life. I know my dad was over in the passenger side riding with me, and I’m sure he was having a blast.”

—DALE EARNHARDT JR., on his Daytona 500 win

12/6/02

“Nelson Mandela is the strongest living mentor for me. He’s a role model and standard bearer for all human beings”

Oprah WINFREY, on meeting the former South African president

7/10/99

“I felt exultation, relief, satisfaction, gratitude. That was the moment you imagine as a child playing sports at the playground.”

—BRANDI CHASTAIN, who ripped off her jersey after the Women’s World Cup soccer team’s victory over China

2/24/99

“I was happy to let 2 million people all over the world in different cultures know who I am.”

—RICKY MARTIN, on his first Grammy performance

7/30/76

“I let out this giant scream. You work so hard for so many years, and right at that moment, that baby’s yours for life.”

—BRUCE JENNER, on his Olympic decathlon victory

8/27/03

“It made me understand the difference between wanting to have a baby and truly wanting to be a mother.”

BROOKE SHIELDS, on suffering through infertility before giving birth to daughter Rowan Francis

11/17/03

“To an immigrant like me, who as a boy saw Soviet tanks rolling through the streets of Austria, it’s not fanciful to see this state as a golden dream.”

—ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, on becoming governor of California

2/8/04

“When I won, I went into my dressing room and all my family was there. We just yelled and screamed”

—Beyoncé KNOWLES, who picked up five Grammys for her debut solo album Dangerously in Love

1/20/81

“We were so excited and happy. It still hadn’t really dawned on us what had happened”

—Nancy REAGAN, on the day husband Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President

3/24/02

“It was a blur that started the minute they said my name. That was a moment so powerful it could never be repeated again in my life.”

HALLE BERRY, on accepting a Best Actress Oscar for Monster’s Ball

2/21/02

“I’d jumped higher than I ever had in practice. I knew I was the best I could ever be.”

—SARAH HUGHES, on nailing a stag jump at the Olympics

11/2/03

“When I crossed the finish line, I just felt like I could do anything.”

—SEAN “P. DIDDY” COMBS, on running the New York City Marathon to raise $2 million for children’s charities and public schools

3/24/97

“I honestly never thought I’d win. I lost my mind that night.”

—CUBA GOODING JR., on his Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Jerry Maguire

8/3/84

“Standing up there was the pinnacle for me. I’d fantasized about what it would be like, and it was a million times better.”

—MARY LOU RETTON, on winning a gold medal in gymnastics

07/29/00

“The wedding was one of the coolest things I’ve ever been to. We’ve made a pact. Jen and I call it the Adventure. We’ll see where it takes us”

—Brad PITT, on his marriage to Jennifer Aniston