Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey Brief Biography

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she has been ranked the richest African-American, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America's first and only multi-billionaire black person. Several assessments rank her as the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Oprah Winfrey News

• Michelle Obama: Oprah Winfrey "is who she appears to be"
• Teresa Giudice: Melissa Gorga won't be one of the eight bridesmaids at my wedding to Luis Ruelas
• Oprah Winfrey producing 'The Color Purple' remake starring Fantasia Taylor, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., Corey Hawkins, Taraji P. Henson and Halle Bailey
• Stedman Graham says Oprah Winfrey would make a great president

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