Oprah Winfrey, Date of Birth, Place of Birth

    

Oprah Winfrey

American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist

Date of Birth: 29-Jan-1954

Place of Birth: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States

Profession: actor, writer, reporter, businessperson, television producer, television presenter, journalist, voice actor, film producer, television actor, film actor, presenter, patron of the arts, motivational speaker, talk show host, autobiographer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Oprah Winfrey

  • Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist.
  • She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011.
  • Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history.
  • She has also been sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee.
  • She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy.
  • Winfrey was then sent to live with the man she calls her father, Vernon Winfrey, a barber in Tennessee, and landed a job in radio while still in high school.
  • By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news.
  • Winfrey's often emotional, extemporaneous delivery eventually led to her transfer 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. Credited with creating a more intimate, confessional form of media communication, Winfrey popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue.
  • Through this medium, Winfrey broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream through television appearances.
  • In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.By the mid-1990s, Winfrey had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and spirituality.
  • Though she was criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, and having an emotion-centered approach, she has also been praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.
  • Winfrey had also emerged as a political force in the 2008 presidential race, delivering about one million votes to Barack Obama in the razor close 2008 Democratic primary.
  • In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.
  • In 2008, she formed her own network, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

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