Oprah Winfrey – Influential Personality

OPRAH WINFREY – INFLUENTIAL PERSONALITY

Oprah Winfrey. A name that turns heads. A name that provokes thoughts. A name that demands your attention.  A powerhouse of a person 

NameOprah Winfrey
Date of BirthJanuary 29, 1954 (age 62), Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
ParentsVernita Lee,Vernon Winfrey
SiblingsPatricia Lofton,Patricia Lee Lloyd,Jeffrey Lee Vernita Lee
EducationTennessee State University (1971–1986), East Literature Magnet School, Nicolet High School Quotes
SpouseStedman Graham (1986–)
ChildernNot mentioned
Net worth2.9 Billion USD (2016)

with a million dollar personality and a whole show dedicated to her. This is a small biography of a sexually abused African-american child who grew up to be one of the most influential personalities of the past decade and who played a key role in modern American life, shaping cultural trends and promoting various liberal causes. Through her talk show and books, she has focused on many issues faced by American women. She has been and always will be an important role model for African American women, breaking down many invisible barriers.

Childhood of  Most Influential Personality

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Born to an unwed teenage mother, Oprah Winfrey spent her first years on her grandmother’s farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, while her mother looked for work in the North. Life on the farm was primitive, but her grandmother taught her to read at an early age, and at age three Oprah was reciting poems and Bible verses in local churches. Oprah had a difficult childhood.

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She lived in great poverty and often had to dress in potato sacks for which she was mocked at school. In the long days when her mother was absent from their inner city apartment, young Oprah was repeatedly molested by male relatives and another visitor. The abuse, which lasted from the ages of nine to 13, was emotionally devastating.

Early Life of Oprah Winfreywinfrey-entered-a-local-miss-fire-prevention-contest-and-won

At 14, she was out of the house and on her own. By her own account, she was sexually promiscuous as a teenager. After giving birth to a baby boy who died in infancy, she went to Nashville, Tennessee to live with her father who was a strict disciplinarian. 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.a-radio-station-serving-the-african-american-community

She also won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts.

Career & Growth as Anchorwjz-tv-news-as-a-co-anchor

In 1976, she moved to Baltimore to join WJZ-TV News as a c. There, she co-hosted her first talk show, People Are Talking, while continuing to serve as anchor and news reporter. 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. She was particularly applauded for the portrayal of Sofia in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, The Colour Purple. oprah-winfrey-in-the-color-purple

Winfrey’s performance earned her nominations for an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award as Best Supporting Actress. Critics again lauded her performance in Native Son, a movie adaptation of Richard Wright’s classic 1940.

Books Club of Oprahoprah-book-club

Her influence over the publishing industry was pretty evident when she began her on-air book club in 1996. “Oprah Book Club” selections became instant bestsellers, and in 1999 Winfrey received the National Book Foundation’s 50th anniversary gold medal for her service to books and authors. She herself has authored five books. She now publishes two magazines, O, The Oprah Magazine, and O at Home

Achievements & Awards she tookoprah-winfrey-academy-award

Oprah Winfrey was named one of the “100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century” by Time magazine, and in 1998 received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Personal & Rich Life of Oprahoprah-winfrey-and-longtime-partner-stedman-graham

Oprah Winfrey resides on a 42-acre ocean-view estate in Montecito, California, just south of Santa Barbara, but also owns homes in another six states and the island of Antigua.

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