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Oprah Gail Winfrey

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Also known as: Oprah
Born: January 29, 1954 (1954-01-29) (age 60)
Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Ethnicity: Black
Nationality: American
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Body type: Chubby
Eye color: Brown
Hair: Brown
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Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media personality, Academy Award nominated actress, producer, and magazine publisher, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history.[1] She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century,[2] the most philanthropic African American of all time,[3] and was once the world's only black billionaire.[4][5][6][7][8] She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.[9][10][11]

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, including being raped at age 9 and becoming pregnant at age 14. Tragedy followed as her son died in infancy.[12] Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19.[13] Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place,[5] she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication,[14] she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized[14] the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue,[14] which a Yale study claimed broke 20th century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.[15] By the mid 1990s she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing confession culture and promoting controversial self-help fads, she is generally admired for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.[16] In 2006 she became an early supporter of Barack Obama and one analysis estimates she delivered over a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race,[17] an achievement for which the governor of Illinois considered offering her a seat in the U.S. senate.[18]

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  1. Oprah Winfrey signs with King World Productions for new three-year contract to continue as host and producer of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" through 2010-2011. King World Productions (2004-08-04). Retrieved on 2006-07-13.
  2. Noon, Chris (2007-01-02). Oprah The Educator. Forbes. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  3. Oprah Winfrey Debuts as First African-American On BusinessWeek's Annual Ranking of 'Americas Top Philanthropists'. Urban Mecca (2004-11-19). Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  4. Oprah Winfrey the richest black person in the world. African Echo Vol. 43, 2006-09-11. Retrieved 2006-09-11
  5. 5.0 5.1 #562 Oprah Winfrey. Forbes Special Report: The World's Billionaires (2006). Forbes (October 2006). Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  6. Malonson, Roy Douglas (2006-05-10). Condi and Oprah aren’t good role models for Black motherhood. African-American News & Issues. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  7. Usborne, David (2007-01-03). Oprah's £20m school proves she's not all talk. Independent News and Media. Retrieved on 2007-03-04.
  8. Oprah brings Tolle's 'Earth' to the classroom - USATODAY.com
  9. Meldrum Henley-on-Klip, Andrew (2007-01-03). 'Their story is my story' Oprah opens $40m school for South African girls. Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved on 2007-03-04.
  10. Doyle, Leonard (2007-09-07). Oprah throws house party to aid Obama bid. The Independent. Retrieved on 2008-02-08.
  11. The most influential US liberals: 1-20 - Telegraph
  12. Mowbray, Nicole (2003-03-02). Oprah's path to power. Guardian Unlimited. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  13. Oprah Winfrey TV Show Bio History Life Story Email Address Write Ophra
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Tannen, Deborah (1998-06-08). Oprah Winfrey. The TIME 100. TIME. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  15. An interview and excerpt from Freaks Talk Back. University of Chicago Press. Retrieved on 2008-08-25.
  16. Mandela, Nelson. Oprah Winfrey. The TIME 100. TIME. Retrieved on 2008-02-01.
  17. Steven, By. "So Much for One Person, One Vote - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com", Freakonomics.blogs.nytimes.com, August 6, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-11-30.
  18. http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/5230/53/



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