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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

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Famous as :

Entrepreneur, producer, actress

Birth Name :

Oprah Gail Winfrey

Birth Date :

January 29, 1954

Birth Place :

Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA

Claim to fame :

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" host

Biography


Oprah Winfrey is not just another famous African-American entrepreneur. She is one great example of a person who has succeeded to rise from poverty and overcome terrible experiences in her past because of her determination and hard efforts. Her decisions to constitute her own destiny and her self-confidence make her the perfect role model for any women in the world. All these qualities that she possesses have led her to become one of the most influential people in the world as Vanity Fair Magazine has praised her: "Oprah Winfrey arguably has more influence on the culture than any university president, politician, or religious leader, except perhaps the Pope." Despite her enormous wealth and popularity, she remains as a humble and warm-hearted person who continues to be an inspiration for every person. No wonder many awards have been rewarded to her as the token of admiration and honor, including a Daytime Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1998. Nevertheless, her journey to achieve all of these has not been easy as there were many obstacles during the process.

Oprah was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA from an unmarried young couple. Originally named as Orpah, the family and people around her often addressed her as Oprah, so she went on to use this particular name. She was nurtured by her paternal grandmother after her parents decided to have a separation. Living at her grandmother's farm in rural Mississippi, she learned to read and practiced recitations at the age of 3. Her serene life became miserable after she moved to her mother's home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1960. Because of her mother's lack of affection and attention, she turned into a wild girl who was involved in drugs while also suffered sexual harassment. In 1968, she lost her premature baby who died shortly after being born. Her mother then sent her to Nashville, Tennessee to be put under strict rules and high standards of her father. Despite being an austere man, her father actually taught her to be a discipline and purposeful person. "As strict as he was," she recalled, "he had some concerns about me making the best of my life, and would not accept anything less than what he thought was my best."

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Lupita Nyong'o Covers Glamour's Women of the Year Issue, Says Oprah Winfrey Is Her 'Reference Point'

November 04, 2014 03:39:12 GMT

graces the December cover of Glamour magazine for its annual Women of the Year issue. In an interview with the magazine, the Oscar-winning actress credits as someone whom she looked up to when she was growing up.
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Oprah Winfrey's Driver Accidentally Runs Over Woman's Toe

October 27, 2014 07:21:57 GMT

's driver apparently was involved in a minor accident in a recent outing with the media mogul. According to Page Six, Winfrey's driver accidentally ran over a woman's toe when they were at Miami restaurant Prime 112 on Saturday night, October 25.
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Charice Tells Oprah Winfrey About Her Coming-Out Story: 'My Soul Is Like Male'

October 17, 2014 08:00:58 GMT

opens up about her sexual orientation to in upcoming episode of "Oprah: Where Are They Now?" which is scheduled to air on Sunday, October 19. The Filipina songstress reveals when she realized she was a gay.
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Lindsay Lohan Gets Support From Oprah Winfrey at Her London Play

October 06, 2014 06:57:42 GMT

was visited by at her West End play "Speed-the-Plow" on Saturday, October 4. Lindsay took to Instagram to share a photo of her and Oprah posing side-by-side at the backstage of the play. She also thanked for attending the play.
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Mike Epps Gets the Lead Part in Richard Pryor Biopic

August 27, 2014 03:52:01 GMT

It has been a few years since ' name is linked to the . finally confirmed the casting by sharing an Instagram photo of her, director Lee Daniels and Epps during the first rehearsal.
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Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King Take Ice Bucket Challenge

August 16, 2014 05:28:05 GMT

took to Instagram on Friday, August 15 to share a video of her taking ice bucket challenge. She captioned the video with, "I challenge #StevenSpielberg, #HelenMirren and @DayalManish. In the name of ALS..."
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Oprah Winfrey Wears Cat Suit for O Magazine

August 05, 2014 09:39:15 GMT

shows off her figure in a black cat suit by Capezio on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine for its September issue. In the cover picture, Oprah wears smoky eye makeup and her hair is styled in chic ponytail. She says about her tight outifit, "I like pretending I'm a movie star."
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Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama Pay Tribute to Maya Angelou at Memorial Service

June 09, 2014 03:04:05 GMT

Maya Angelou is remembered by her friends and family at a memorial service which took place at the main chapel at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on Saturday, June 7. The private event was also attended by , Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton who shared some words to honor the beloved poet.
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Barbara Walters' Last 'The View': Former Co-Hosts, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton Pay Tribute

May 16, 2014 01:58:27 GMT

has taped her last episode of "". The 84-year-old journalist welcomed back former co-hosts Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulos, Joy Behar, Lisa Ling, and , who joined current co-hosts , and on the panel Thursday afternoon, May 15 for the taping of the episode that will air Friday at 11 A.M. on ABC.
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Oprah Winfrey in Discussions to Buy Donald Sterling's LA Clippers

May 01, 2014 07:36:22 GMT

is one of potential buyers of Los Angeles Clippers after the owner, Donald Sterling, came under fire for making racist comments against black people. The OWN founder joins billionaires David Geffen and Larry Ellison to make a bid for the NBA team if the league votes to force Sterling to sell it.
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Pharrell Breaks Down in Tears After Oprah Winfrey Shows Him 'Happy' Fan Video

April 15, 2014 07:05:45 GMT

cried "Happy" tears when making appearance on OWN's "Oprah Prime" on April 13. Wearing a gray top and a green Vivienne Westwood hat, the mega producer the mega producer sat down with to talk about his work. "Zero airplay, nothing," he said of "Happy" which was released back in June.
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Video: Lindsay Lohan and David Letterman Prank Call Oprah Winfrey on 'Late Show'

April 10, 2014 03:18:20 GMT

helped get in touch with when she stopped by his show on Wednesday, April 9. During her pre-taped appearance on "", the "" star encouraged the show's host to call the former daytime talk show queen, with whom he had longstanding feud before.
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Oprah Winfrey Announces 'The Life You Want Weekend' Tour

March 26, 2014 14:23:28 GMT

and her friends are going down the road to inspire people. The media mogul has announced via THR an eight-city weekend tour to bring "empowerment, resilience and authenticity" to thousands of people.
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Oprah Winfrey Collaborates With Starbucks for Tea Line

March 20, 2014 03:55:16 GMT

and Starbucks have announced their partnership for the Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. The media mogul appeared in Starbucks' annual shareholder meeting in Seattle with CEO Howard Schultz on Wednesday, March 19 to announce the tea venture.
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Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios Sold to Chicago Developer

March 17, 2014 03:55:52 GMT

is selling her Harpo Studios. The former daytime talk show queen has locked developer Sterling Bay as a buyer for the site in Chicago, Illinois, where she used to film "", after putting the complex up for sale months ago.
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Oprah Winfrey to Release Book 'What I Know for Sure'

March 13, 2014 07:51:27 GMT

is going to release a new book this fall. Titled "What I Know For Sure", the book will be adapted from essays she wrote for O, the Oprah Magazine for the past 14 years. Flatiron Books, a new nonfiction imprint of Macmillan, announced on Wednesday, March 12 that the book would be released on September 2.
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Oprah Winfrey Gives Dress to Twitter Follower

March 07, 2014 09:14:29 GMT

A fan of has received a dress from the TV mogul after she asked Winfrey via Twitter if she could have the dress. Winfrey appears on the cover of Essence's Hollywood issue, wearing an ivory dress. , , and also join her on the front page.
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'12 Years a Slave' Swept Movie Categories at 2014 NAACP Awards

February 23, 2014 08:35:32 GMT

"" emerged as a big winner at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 22. The slavery drama took home Outstanding Picture, Outstanding Director for Steve McQueen, Outstanding Writing for John Ridley and Outstanding Supporting Actress for .
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Oprah Winfrey to Make Broadway Debut in 'Night, Mother'

February 07, 2014 15:28:05 GMT

will take her first stage role on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Night, Mother". The casting news came from Winfrey's longtime associate Scott Sanders who will be among the producers.
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Video: Oprah Winfrey Dances to Bruno Mars' 'Treasure'

February 07, 2014 08:45:53 GMT

showed off some moves while accepting an award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this week. The media mogul was honored with Montecito Award for her work in "" and her contribution to the entertainment industry at the event which took place on Wednesday, February 5.
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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Oprah Winfrey a Sequined Portrait as Birthday Gift

January 30, 2014 03:41:28 GMT

has prepared a special gift to who turned 60 on Wednesday, January 29. The host of "" proudly revealed the gift, a giant sequined portrait of Winfrey, on her talk show on Wednesday, saying that she spent months working on it.
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Oprah Winfrey to Celebrate 60th Birthday With Low-Key Dinner

January 29, 2014 08:33:33 GMT

apparently will celebrate her 60th birthday quietly at home. Sources close to the talk show host told Reuters that Winfrey would have a "quiet dinner" in the seaside town of Montecito on Wednesday, January 29 instead of holding a big bash.
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Steven Spielberg Beats Oprah Winfrey in Forbes' List of Most Influential Celebrities

January 16, 2014 06:01:08 GMT

Forbes has released this year's list of Most Influential Celebrities. , who topped the list last year, comes second this year. She gains 45% of influential rating, while last year she received 48% of influential rating.
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Lindsay Lohan's Docu-Series Gets Premiere Date, Oprah Winfrey Admits LiLo Is Difficult to Work With

January 10, 2014 09:03:46 GMT

OWN has set a premiere date for 's documentary series. Billed as an eight-episode reality series, the show that follows the former Disney star since she's released from rehab will debut Sunday, March 9 at 10 P.M.
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Oprah Winfrey Gets Emotional at THR's Women in Entertainment Breakfast

December 13, 2013 03:55:41 GMT

was honored with the 2013 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award at The Hollywood Reporter's "Power 100" Women in Entertainment Breakfast and got teary as her longtime friend Maria Shriver read a touching poem she wrote for her. Presented by Lifetime, the event took place at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Wednesday, December 11.
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Oprah Winfrey: 'If I Had Kids, My Kids Would Hate Me'

December 12, 2013 07:53:33 GMT

apparently does not regret not having children. The media mogul talks about family in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Speaking to the magazine, Oprah seems to believe that her children will suffer and end up hating her because she is busy with work.
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Oprah Winfrey Raises $600K for Charity With Yard Sale

November 04, 2013 02:06:54 GMT

raised more than $600,000 for charity by auctioning off hundreds of her personal items, Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday, November 3. The auction took place on Saturday at the Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club. It was carried out by Kaminski Auctions.
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Oprah Winfrey Responds to Jenny McCarthy's 'S**t List' Comment

October 31, 2013 08:49:42 GMT

It's a valuable lesson learned on Wednesday, October 30, of not to assume negatively about other people, especially if it is media mogul and well-loved philanthropist she's talking about. The "Queen of Talk" responded quite nicely and rather positively to a comment made by the Playboy model on Andy Cohen's show about her having a "s**t list."
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Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Selling Part of West Side Studio Property

October 04, 2013 09:31:16 GMT

used to broadcast her self-titled syndicated talk show at her Harpo Inc.'s West Side studio complex at 1058 W. Washington, but now a part of that property will either be sold, refinanced or leased back. Harpo has hired real estate company Eastdil Securedd LLC to market a portion of its 4-building campus and other assets.
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Oprah Winfrey Opens Up About Near Nervous Breakdown in 2012

September 24, 2013 06:55:19 GMT

She may be one of the world's most powerful women but in an interview with Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson recently, talk show host showed that like everyone else, she's still very much human. The 59-year-old media personality revealed that she almost had a nervous breakdown last year, in the midst of struggling to save her failing OWN TV network while filming "", a role which she could not turn down despite the offer's unbelievably bad timing.
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