LATEST: Oprah Winfrey has enlisted famous friends including Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Jamie Foxx to help her bring hope to those devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

The TV talkshow queen cut short her summer break last weekend (03SEP05) to host shows from America's storm-ravaged Gulf region, where people are desperately trying to piece their lives back together.

And she took a few famous faces with her - Foxx helped serve up food to 5,000 hurricane victims in a shelter in Dallas, Texas, while Matthew Mcconaughey and Faith Hill brought joy to survivors in Zachary, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi respectively in a show that aired in America yesterday (06SEP05).

Meanwhile, Winfrey's pals John Travolta, Lisa Marie Presley and Chris Rock joined Roberts for segments taped for today's (07SEP05) show.

Travolta piloted his private plane to shelters in the southeast, delivering much needed vaccines and helping to replenish medical supplies.

A tearful Winfrey hosted yesterday's (06SEP05) show from the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, where thousands of hurricane survivors are seeking temporary refuge and medical help.