Oprah Winfrey Biography - Profile
Oprah Winfrey Biography : Talk
Show Host, Actress & Pioneer (The
Oprah Winfrey Show)
Famous for :
Coming from an abusive upbringing to be
one of Americas most wealthy and successful
women. Pioneering the talk show program
with her "Oprah Winfrey Show".
: Born - USA January 29, 1954
Lives - USA
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Winfrey came from a humble background
to become one of America's most influential
women. Winfrey has amassed a great fortune
through her media and publishing interests
and uses her fame and wealth to positively
influence the lives of people in need.
Born Orpah (after a character from the Bible)
Winfrey on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko,
Mississippi - USA, but now goes by the name
of Oprah. At a young age Winfrey's parents
separated and sent her to live with grandparents
in very poor surroundings until the age
of 6 when she moved to live with her mother.
She was consequently se-xually
male relatives at a young age and endured
the hardship up until she was 14 when Winfrey
moved to live with her father in Nashville
Living with her father did not eliminate
her problems even though he was loving (yet
strict) towards her. Winfrey struggled with
rebellious behavior and lost a baby after
giving birth to it prematurely. Although
her wild behavior conflicted with her father's
strict rules and high standards she eventually
began to settle after being awarded a University
"I knew there
was a way out. I knew there was another
kind of life because I had read about it.
I knew there were other places, and there
was another way of being." Oprah Winfrey
Winfrey studied at the Tennessee State University
and received a BA in Speech and Performing
Arts. Her father's high standards inspired
her to aim for and achieve more from life.
Winfrey became involved in several groups
and pursued her interests in media and journalism
while at University. Even though her early
years in life where filled with hardship,
she was always gifted with intelligence
and she graduated as an honors student.
Oprah Winfrey's career in the media industry
began as a news anchor and reporter for
a television station in Nashville (although
she also worked in radio during high school
as a newscaster). She was the first black
African American woman television news anchor
to work in Nashville on the WTVF-TV station
at the young age of 19. Winfrey never felt
comfortable in her position as a news anchor
and only began to enjoy her work when she
was moved to the early morning talk show
"People are Talking" at
WJZ-TV in Baltimore where she was able to
be herself and express her own opinions
and share her true feelings about topics
that moved her.
Winfrey's career really began to take off
after moving to Chicago in 1984 to host
"AM Chicago", an early
morning talk show at WLS-TV's. It went on
to become the number one ranked talk show
shortly after she started and it was renamed
Oprah Winfrey Show" after
The Oprah Winfrey Show went on to become
one of the most successful and highest ranked
television talk show programs in history.
The program is viewed by more than 20 million
Americans (USA) every week and broadcast
Internationally to more than one hundred
countries worldwide. Winfrey's production
company "Harpo Productions, Inc"
produces the program and she is the host.
The daytime talk show focuses on issues
close to Winfrey's heart and she has continued
to cover topics of value to her mostly female
audience for more than 17 successful seasons
of broadcasting. The Oprah Winfrey Show
started the wildly influential "Oprah's
Book Club" in 1996 where Oprah endorses
what she considers to be books of value.
Books that received the Oprah endorsement
often suddenly went to number 1.
Winfrey's business and personal interests
are wide ranging and she has managed to
accomplish success in several areas. Apart
from being a successful Talk show host she
is also a producer, successful actress,
Founder of the successful "O, the Oprah
Magazine", co founder of "Oxygen
Media", and a generous Philanthropist.
Her entrepreneurial spirit and desire to
change society for the better have brought
her and her numerous companies many awards
success does is provide you with the ability
to concentrate on other things that really
matter. And that is being able to make a
difference, not only in your own life, but
in other people's lives." Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey continues to follow her dreams
through her many business and media interests.
She is one of the wealthiest women in the
United States of America and is regularly
placed high up on the Forbes magazine Rich
List each year. Winfrey continues to influence
and inspire people worldwide with her example
of overcoming great odds to achieve great
success financially, spiritually and socially.
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