|Oprah Gail Winfrey|
Winfrey in 2011
January 29, 1954
|Known for||The Oprah Winfrey Show|
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is best known for hosting the popular daytime talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986-2011). The show won many daytime Emmy Awards. She has also acted in several movies including The Color Purple and The Butler.
Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Her parents are Vernita Lee, a maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a barber. She went to Tennessee State University in 1971. She started to work in radio and television in Nashville. She hosted television programs in Baltimore and Chicago.
In 1986, Winfrey's own talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show went on the air. She was liked by audiences for her warmth. She came to own the show. Winfrey now runs the Oprah Winfrey Network. She also hosts the Oprah's Next Chapter show on the network.
Winfrey was named "Orpah" after a character in the Book of Ruth. People made the mistake of calling her "Oprah". She decided to keep this name.
Winfrey is rich. She gives to many charities. She gives to girls' education in South Africa. In 2013, she was named one of the 400 richest people in the United States. She is the only African-American among this group.
References[change | edit source]
- "Oprah Winfrey". A+E Television Networks LLC. http://www.biography.com/people/oprah-winfrey-9534419. Retrieved 10/16/2013.
- "Oprah's Next Chapter - OWN TV". http://www.oprah.com/own-oprahs-next-chapter/oprahs-next-chapter.html. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- Everything's Coming Up Oprah: How Winfrey Got Richer in 2013
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