Name: Orpah Gail Winfrey
Born place: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Born date: January 29, 1954
Parents: The mother Vernita Lee and the father Vernon Winfrey
Eye color: Brown - Dark
Hair color: Brown - Dark
Height: 5' 6'' (169 cm)
Other names: The Preacher, O, Deepak Oprah, Lady O
Spouse: No husband, partner Stedman Graham (1986 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ present)
Children: A child when she was 14 years old who died after two weeks
Occupation: Talk show host, media proprietor, actress
Studies: High School East Nashville High School, Nashville, TN (1971) and university Tennessee State University (1971-76), BA Speech and Drama, Tennessee State University (1987)
Biography and Career :
Oprah Winfrey was b
orn in Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 29, 1954 to an impoverished Baptist family. She was originally named Orpah Gail Winfrey, after the Bible's Book of Ruth. The midwife switched the "r" and the "p" around when she was writing the birth certificate so.
Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, was a housemaid, and her father, Vernon Winfrey, was a coal miner and, later, a barber; then, city councilperson.When Oprah Winfrey was born,Vernon was in the Armed Forces.
Her parents were unmarried teenagers when she was born. After Oprah Winfrey was born, her mother traveled north for better job opportunities, and Winfrey spent her first six years living with her Grandma Haitee Mae.
Oprah Winfrey's grandmother taught her to read and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses. Her grandmother helped her succeed. When Oprah Winfrey was little her grandmother would take a switch (in the South, that custom meant the thin green leafless shoot from certain trees - more for psychological effect than for pain) and would hit her with it when she didn't do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.
As a child, Oprah Winfrey showed signs of extraordinary intelligence and drive, such as learning to read at age two. At age six, Oprah Winfrey moved to Milwaukee with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother. While there, Oprah Winfrey suffered abuse for her comparatively darker skin, such as being forced to sleep on the porch in the cold, and verbal abuse based on her features. Oprah Winfrey claims that she was raped at age 9, and repeatedly molested by her mother's cousin's boyfriend. After that she had to turn for support to her best friend, Amanda Oser. Oprah Winfrey became progressively sexually promiscuous, and at age 14 her mother sent her to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. Vernon was strict but encouraging, and made her education a priority. Oprah Winfrey became an honors student and received a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically Black institution, where she studied communications. At age 18, Oprah Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant.
Oprah Winfrey's grandmother has said that ever since Oprah could talk, she was "on stage". In her youth she played games interviewing her corncob doll and the crows on the fence of her family's property. But her true media career began at age seventeen, working at her high school radio show.
Working in local media, she was both the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She moved to Baltimore's WJZ-TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six o'clock news. She was then recruited to join Richard Sher as co-host of WJZ's local talk show, People Are Talking, which premiered on August 14, 1978.
Why is Oprah Winfrey famous?
Oprah Winfrey is famous because she is one of America's most influential women. Oprah is the host of many TV shows and she is known and appreciated by many people from the entire world. She is famous because she was the first black female host anchor.
Why do we love Oprah?
She is a very talented woman and in the same times a very strong lady. She makes very interesting TV shows and also Oprah is a movie producer and an actress too. We love her because is the best host anchor.
Oprah is a good actress and movie producer too. Here are the movies where she played:
1. Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special.
2. The Oprah Winfrey Show.
3. Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire.
4. The Dr. Oz Show.
5. The Great Debaters.
6. Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Album's For One More Day.
7. Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.
8. The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special.
9. The Big Give.
10. Legends Ball.
11. Their Eyes Were Watching God.
12. Oprah after the Show.
13. Amy & Isabelle.
14. Tuesdays with Morrie.
15. David and Lisa.
17. The Wedding.
18. Before Women Had Wings.
19. Michael Jackson Talks to... Oprah Live.
20. ABC Afterschool Specials.
23. The Women of Brewster Place.
1. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
2. The Princess and the Frog.
3. Bee Movie.
4. Charlotte's Web.
5. Our Friend, Martin.
7. Before Women Had Wings.
9. There Are No Children Here .
11. Brewster Place.
12. The Women of Brewster Place.
13. Native Son.
14. The Color Purple.
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