Oprah Winfrey Biography

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Oprah Winfrey born Orpah Gail Winfrey ; January 29, 1954

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Oprah Winfrey is an American television host, actress, and producer, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history.

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She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was once the world's only black billionaire.

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Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show , she has entertained, enlightened and uplifted millions of viewers for the past two decades. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.

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Oprah Winfrey's interactive biography Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, including being raped at the age of nine and becoming pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee.

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At age 17, Oprah Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant and was offered an on-air job at WVOL, a radio station serving the African American community in Nashville. She left school and signed on with a local television station as a reporter and anchor. In 1976, she moved to Baltimore to join WJZ-TV News as a co-anchor. There, she co-hosted her first talk show, People Are Talking , while continuing to serve as anchor and news reporter.

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In January 1984, she was invited to Chicago to host a faltering half-hour morning program on WLS-TV. In less than a year, she turned AM Chicago into the hottest show in town. The format was soon expanded to an hour, and in September 1985 it was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show . A year later, The Oprah Winfrey Show was broadcast nationally, and quickly became the number one talk show in national syndication.

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In 1987, its first year of eligibility, the show received three Daytime Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Host, Outstanding Talk/Service Program and Outstanding Direction. The following year, the show received its second consecutive Emmy as Outstanding Talk/Service Program, and Oprah herself received the International Radio and Television Society's " Broadcaster of the Year " Award. She was the youngest person ever to receive the honor.

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The Color Purple . Winfrey's performance earned her nominations for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress. Her love of acting and her desire to bring quality entertainment projects into production prompted her to form her own production company, Harpo Productions , Inc., in 1986.

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Harpo is a formidable force in film and television production, as well as magazine publishing and the Internet. In 1988, Harpo Productions, Inc. acquired ownership and all production responsibilities for The Oprah Winfrey Show from Capitol Cities/ABC, making Oprah Winfrey the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show.

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Motivated in part by her own memories of childhood abuse, she initiated a campaign to establish a national database of convicted child abusers, and testified before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of a National Child Protection Act. President Clinton signed the "Oprah Bill" into law in 1993, establishing the national database she had sought, which is now available to law enforcement agencies and concerned parties across the country.

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She also publishes two magazines, O, The Oprah Magazine , and O at Home . The launch of her first magazine was the most successful start-up in the history of the industry. When Forbes published its list of America's billionaires for the year 2003, it disclosed that Oprah Winfrey was the first African-American woman to become a billionaire.

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In 2005, she produced a film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God , with a screenplay by Suzan-Lori Parks. As an actress, she has been heard in a number of successful animated films, including Charlotte's Web , Bee Movie and The Princess and the Frog .

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In March 2008, Oprah.com launched the first international interactive webinar series in conjunction with the Book Club selection A New Earth . The groundbreaking live multimedia sessions taught by Oprah and author Eckhart Tolle , have been downloaded or streamed more than 35 million times. For each chapter, Oprah.com users could capture their thoughts and new perspectives within their own personal online workbook.

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In the 2008 presidential election, Winfrey publicly endorsed a political candidate for the first time, hosting a fundraiser for Senator Barack Obama and appearing with him at campaign events.

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The Queen of Talk has raised and personally donated millions of dollars to victims of poverty and disease and openly speaks about her own experience with abuse as a child. But, according to Winfrey, none of her achievements make her more proud than the two schools she opened for South Africa's neediest girls and the 2011 launch of OWN : The Oprah Winfrey Network.

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She appears on every list of the world's leading opinion-makers, and has been rightly called " the most powerful woman in the world ." http://www.oprah.com/index.html

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