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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Introduction

OPRAH GAIL WINFREY

Oprah Winfrey is a remarkable figure! She's known as a media mogul, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Her talk show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," was incredibly influential and ran for over 25 years, becoming a platform for discussing various topics, including self-improvement, spirituality, and social issues.

Oprah's also recognized for her book club, which propelled many authors to fame, and she's involved in numerous philanthropic efforts, especially in education and empowerment for women and girls.

Nelson Mandela praised Winfrey for overcoming her own disadvantaged youth to become a benefactor for others. Critics considered the school elitist and unnecessarily luxurious.Winfrey rejected the claims, saying: "If you are surrounded by beautiful things and wonderful teachers who inspire you, that beauty brings out the beauty in you." Winfrey, who has no surviving biological children, described maternal feelings towards the girls at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Winfrey teaches a class at the school via satellite.

About

Oprah Gail Winfrey born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954), also known mononymously as Oprah, is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and media proprietor. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which 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 was once the world's only black billionaire. By 2007, she was often ranked as the most influential woman in the world.Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a single teenage mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teenage years 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 Nashville, 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.

By the mid-1990s, Winfrey had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and spirituality. Though she has been 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 also emerged as a political force in the 2008 presidential race, with her endorsement of Barack Obama estimated to have been worth about one million votes during the 2008 Democratic primaries. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, and received honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. In 2008, she formed her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

TIME OF BIRTH: 4:30am

PLACE OF BIRTH: Koscusko, Mississippi

LONG: 90 W 0

LAT: 33 N 0

TIME ZONE: GMT 6

ASCENDANT: 16 Sagittarius

SUN SIGN: 8 Aquarius

MOON SIGN: 4 Sagittarius

DATE OF BIRTH: 29th January 1954

Oprah's also recognized for her book club, which propelled many authors to fame, and she's involved in numerous philanthropic efforts, especially in education and empowerment for women and girls.



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