I chose Oprah because she is a very successful women. She is a media proprietor, host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her self-titled, multi-award- winning talk show. Her show become the highest rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She is the richest African American of the 20th century She is also the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She was also the worlds only black billionaire. She is also considered the most influential woman in the world.
Age, birthday, hometown, etc. She was born on January 29, 1954 She was born into a poor family in Mississippi to a teenage single mother. They later moved to Milwaukee. She had a very hard childhood. At 9, she was raped. At 14, she became pregnant, though her son died in infancy.
1954- She was born on January 29, 1954 1954-1960 – she was raised on a farm by her grandmother. 1960-1968- Moved from Milwaukee to live with her mother, stepsister and stepbrother in Mississippi. She later revealed that while she was there she was abused and raped by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend 1968- Oprah ran away from home and then was sent to a juvenile detention center. 1968- She gave birth to a premature baby boy. He died soon after he was born. 1969- She became an honors student and graduated from East Nashville High School 1970- Got a scholarship to Tennessee State University based on her communication skills and worked at the WVOL local radio station while still going to school.
1971- She was in a pageant and won the title of Miss Black Tennessee and Miss Fire Prevention. 1973- She graduated from Tennessee State University with a Degree in Speech and Performing Arts. 1976- Moved to Baltimore to host the 6 o’clock news with WJZ-TV. 1978- Was moved from news anchor to the WJZ-TV morning talk show host of People are Talking with Richard Sher. 1983- Moved to Chicago, Illinois to host the talk show A.M. Chicago for WLS-TV 1986- She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in The Color Purple but lost to Anjelica Huston. 1986- She formed her own television production company called Harpo Productions 1986- She received the National Organization for Womens Women of Achievement Award. 1986- She starred in the movie Native Son as Janet Thomason 1987 She her first Emmy for best talk/service show host and best show. 1988 Named Broadcaster of the Year.
1989- She starred as Mattie Michael in the movie The Women of Brewster Place (she was also executive producer) 1989- She received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Peoples Entertainer of the year award and their Image Award 4 times from 1989 to 1992 1989- Her half brother, Jeffrey Lee, died of AIDS. 1991- Got the National Child Protection Act and testified before Congress Appointed chef Rosie Daley to supervise a new and healthier diet. 1992- She won Best Talk Show Host at the Daytime Emmy Awards in 1992. 1992- Appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. 1992- She met her soon-to-be husband and got engaged to Stedman Graham.
1993- Hosted an interview with Michael Jackson which reached an audience of one hundred million. 1993- President Bill Clinton signed the National Child Protection Act. 1993- She appeared in the TV program There Are No Children Here role as LaJoe Rivers . 1994- She won Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host at the 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards . 1994- She became co-author of the book In The Kitchen With Rosie: Oprahs Favorite Recipes by Rosie Daley and Oprah Winfrey 1995- She became the first woman and the only black on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans. (She is still the only black person to rank among Americas 400 richest people) 1995- She won an Emmy for Best Talk Show and Best Host for the second year in a row. 1996- She became co-author of the book A Journal of Daily Renewal : The Companion to Make the Connection, by Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey
1996- Appeared in the TV program Before Women Had Wings role as Miss Zora (she was also producer) 1996- Author of the book The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey : A Portrait in Her Own Words by Bill Adler (editor) and Oprah Winfrey 1998- She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards and an award for top talk show host. 1998- Formed Oxygen Media. 1998- Starred in the movie of the Toni Morrison. 1998- She became co-author of the book Journey to Beloved, by Oprah Winfrey and Ken Regan 1999- She became co-author of the book Make the Connection : Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life, by Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey 2002- She became the recipient of the first Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the 2002 Emmy Awards for services to television and film. 2003- She was the narrator in the documentary Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives 2004 The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert was hosted by Oprah and Tom Cruise Forbes international rich list has listed Winfrey as the worlds only black billionaire 2004- She was named by Time as one of the 100 people who most influenced the 20th century 2005- The Color Purple was made into a Broadway musical of which she was a producer Forbes international rich list has listed Winfrey as the worlds only black billionaire. 2005- She became the first black listed by Business Week as one of Americas top 50 most generous philanthropists.
2005- She was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the year 2005- She was named as the greatest woman in American history as part of a public poll as part of The Greatest American, which she ranked in 9th place in the list of greatest Americans. 2006- She signed 3-year contract with XM Satellite Radio to establish a new radio channel based in Chicago Forbes
She has written many books, started many radio shows, started her own tv show, and started her own television network. Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions Chairwoman, CEO, and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network
She grew up very poor, she had a child young, which died shortly after birth, she was abused and raped as a child.
She is strong, independent, generous, influential, smart, encouraging, self-motivated, and powerful. She is also one of the few stars that even though they are rich, they know where they came from and they use there money to help out the world.
In conclusion, I feel that Oprah Winfrey is one of the very few stars that will never forget their past or where they were before being famous. I think she is a very strong, independent, generous, influential, smart, encouraging, self- motivated, and powerful person. She deserves to be where she is today.