Oprah WinfreySeptember.29,2012 created by :Alexxa BuckleyOprah Winfrey is known for healing and making other people’s lives better ,but what about hers no onelistened to her story which it was told many of times and she is stll unknown to many others out thereoprah is an African American Woman… And I will tell you her story
Oprah Winfrey THE STORY BEGINS Many people know Oprah for who she is not instead of who she really is ,Do you know her like I do? Born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States. Orpah was born to mother, former maid Vernita Lee, and father, war veteran Vermon Winfrey. Oprah Gail Winfrey was the richest African American of the 20th century, however Orpah Gail Winfrey wasnt born into a rich, or even middle class family. Orpah Gail Winfrey was born in an economically troubled neighborhood and raised
by a single-teenaged mother in the city ofMilwaukee. Orpah, named after a biblicalcharacter, had a name no one could pronounce,so her family and friends starting calling herOprah. Shortly after Oprahs birth, Vernita Leeleft her daughter and traveled north. Oprah wasthen raised by her grandmother,Hatti Mae Lee.Oprah while being raised by her grandmotherlived in terrible conditions. Oprahs only friendswere farm animals,however even at that ageOprah had a very imaginative mind. Oprahwould frequently give the animals dramaticparts and included them in games. This wasperhaps where she had gotten the craze foracting, and would soon be seen in legendarymasterpieces such as The Color Purple. Oprahbecause of her grandmothers values, hadreligion and God instilled in herself at a veryyoung age. Oprah because of her grandmotherknew how to read,and write before the age ofthree. Oprah during church would recitepoems,and verses from the bible. Soon thechurch, and the entire neighborhood knew she
had a gift and was nicknamed,"The LittleSpeaker". This would soon prompt her tobecome a woman with a strong perspective,which millions across the world would want tohave insight on. This prepared her for The OprahWinfrey Show.THE STORY CONTINUES…Due to her ability to read and write before theage of three, when enrolled in school she wasoften promoted several grades ahead of herage. Oprah at the age of six went to live with hermother, Vernita Lee. Vernita worked as a maid,so Oprah was often left alone at home with hercousins. Oprah due to her busy mother was paidlittle attention to at home, this is whatprompted Oprah to started misbehaving andtalking back to her mother. Vernita Lee thendecided it was best Oprah live with her father inNashville Tennessee. Oprah while living inTennessee, found out her mother was pregnantand her mother requested for her to come backto Milwaukee to live with her mother and half-
sister. When Oprah was nine she was raped byher nineteen year old cousin who was babysitting her. This wouldnt be the only time shewas sexually abused she would then be sexuallyabused by her cousin, a family friend,hermothers boyfriend, and her uncle during herstay in Milwaukee. Toward all these incidents,she never told a soul because the predatorsswore her to silence. At the age of thirteenOprah ran away from home, this was due to heryears of abuse and at the age of fourteen shebecame pregnant with an ill son who diedshortly after birth. Oprah took the death of herson as she was given a second chance in life.Oprahs mother sent her to live once again withher father in Nashville,Tennessee. Oprahsfather was very strict and made education thenumber-one priority for Oprah.CHAPTER 3 : “THE REAL ME”Oprah attended Nashville East High School.Oprah during high-school wasnt preciselycertain toward what she wanted to do, however
she knew it was something with speaking ordrama. Oprah was also elected school presidentand met with president Richard Nixon beingapart of public speaking classes in her high-school.OPRAH’S JOBOprah during the last year of high-school wasrehearsing with her drama class when a localradio station, WVOL spotted her and asked herif she would like to read on radio. Oprah wasthen given a job reading the news on the radio.Oprah soon entered into a public speakingcontest where the grand prize was a scholarshipto Tennessee State University. Oprah won thecontest and received a scholarship to TennesseeState University where she majored in SpeechCommunications and Performing Arts.Oprah during her college education was offereda job as a co-anchor on the CBS televisionstation, she declined several times before shewas convinced by her speech professor that it
may be the ultimate step to launch her career.Oprah wanted to find work outside of NashvilleTennessee and was soon offered a job inBaltimore,Maryland. The job offer came up afew months before her graduation, she had tochoose between the job and graduating, so shedecided to choose the job in Maryland as theoffer was very tempting. At the job in Marylandshe wasnt a very good reporter and was shortlyfired. Oprahs boss set her up as a talk showhost on a morning talk show called, "People AreTalking". Immediately after the first show Oprahnew this is what she wanted to do for the rest ofher life. Oprah strengthened the talk show forseven years and then she decided it was time tomove on.In 1981 Oprah sent recorded tapes of the showto a talk-show in Chicago called A.M. Chicago.They immediately offered her the job and inSeptember of 1985 she changed the name ofthe show to, "The Oprah Winfrey Show". Thefirst broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show was
on September,8,1986 it broadcasted nationally.The Oprah Winfrey show first targeted woman,however soon due to controversial topics andintriguing topics Oprah brought on to the showit appealed to people of all genders,ethnics,andages. Oprah promoted many things on her showsuch as books, movie releases all of whichpeople were eager to know what her opinionswere of them. Oprah helped broaden not justwomans point of view and significance butOprah helped to realize that every human hasan importance in this world. From its firstbroadcast The Oprah Winfrey show went on toreceive multiple Day Time Emmy Awards andseveral other prestigious awards.Winfreyexpanded the Oprah Winfrey show and startedreleasing a monthly magazine which was called,O:The Oprah Magazine. The first issue was in2000. The series finale of the Oprah WinfreyShow as on its twenty-fifth season and it airedon May,25,2011. Concluding a segment of hercareer toward which she used as a device to
inspire millions and help thousands to lead abetter life.Oprahs made her debut as a film actress in the1985 period drama film, The Color Purple.Oprah played a troubled housewife named,Sofia. Oprah was nominated for an AcademyAward for Best Supporting Actress. This moviewent on to become a Broadway musicaladaptation. In 1998 Oprah starred in the movie,Beloved which she also produced. Winfreyplayed the character Sethe who was a formerslave. Winfrey has also acted in several moviessuch as Charlottes Web,Bee Movie,and ThePrincess And The Frog.Oprah Winfrey in 1998 received an AchievementAward from the National Academy of TelevisionArts and Sciences. In 2011 Oprah Winfreyreceived a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Awardfrom the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts AndSciences.
Oprah Winfrey will forever be remembered asan innovator through the landmarks she made,becoming the first African American to host atelevision show. Inspiring millions of peopleacross the world, discussing significant issues onher show such as equal rights towardgenders,racism,poverty, and many others.Oprah will be seen as an icon someone whopaved the way for others to become successful.TRIVIAShe permanently withdrew herself and her showfrom consideration for a Daytime Emmy Awardafter being awarded the Lifetime Achievementin 1998. She was quoted as saying, "After youveachieved it for a lifetime, what else is there?"In addition to being a news anchor on WJZ-TV13in Baltimore, Maryland, Winfrey was co-hostwith Richard Sher (a reporter) on a local talkshow called "People are Talking" on that station.
Graduated from East Nashville High School inNashville, Tennessee (1971), where she wasvoted most popular.Was sued by Texas cattlemen who claimed thatOprah defamed beef on her talk show. The casewent to trial, causing Oprah to have to relocateher shows production to Amarillo, Texas, forthe duration of the trial. She was found notliable.She was ranked first in Entertainment Weeklys1998 list of the most powerful people in showbusiness, but dropped to sixth in the 1999 list.Still, she was the highest ranking performer, aswell as the highest ranking woman, and the onlyAfrican-American to make the list.Graduate of Tennessee State University, with adegree in Speech and Performing Arts.Is the first woman in history to own and produceher own talk show.
The given name on her birth certificate is Orpah,but the spelling was eventually changed toOprah after others had difficulty pronouncingher name.Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actorsof 1985" in John Willis Screen World, Vol. 37.Announced that Oprah would receive$130,000,000 for continuing her talk showthrough the 1999-2000 TV season. [15September 1997]Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50Most Beautiful People in the World in 1997.Inducted into the National Womens Hall ofFame in Seneca, New York. She and Stedman Graham are teaching"Dynamics of Leadership" class at Northwestern
Universitys Kellogg Graduate School ofManagement. [Fall 1999]Given an honorary National Book Award for her"influential contribution to reading and books".[October 1999]Awarded (lst) 50th anniversary medal byNational Book Foundation, NYC. [November1999]Her immensely popular TV talk show is a HarpoProduction. Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards.Harpo is also the name of a character in TheColor Purple (1985) (Oprahs film debut) playedby Willard E. Pugh.Gave birth to a baby boy when she was just 14.The baby died after 2 weeks, from complicationsof being born 2 months premature.Was instrumental in the passage of the OprahBill, in the early 1990s. The bill was signed into
law by President Bill Clinton, and is aimed atstopping child abuse.Raised in abject poverty, she received her firstpair of shoes in 1959 at age 6. She learned toread at age 2½. In fact, when it was time for herto start kindergarten, she wrote a note to herteacher insisting she should be in first grade.The teacher agreed and after finishing thatgrade she was then skipped to third grade.Partner is Stedman Graham. [1986 - present]Born at 7:51 PM ESTShe and her former personal trainer, BobGreene, announced they are buying sevenshoreline lots from Getty Family Trust to buildseveral homes, including one on 102-acre lot forOprah. They plan to put conservation first andkeep site development low key. [April 2002]
Added to Forbes Billionare list, making her thefirst African American woman to do so.[February 2003]Ranked #1 on VH1s list of the "200 GreatestPop Culture Icons" (2003)Elected to the National Womens Hall of Fame inSeneca Falls, NYRanked #1 Pop Culture Icon on VH1s "TheGreatest: 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons"(2003), beating out Superman and Elvis.Net worth is estimated to be US$1.1 billion.Purchased a house at 3330 Radcliffe Avenue,West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Thissuperb 11,000 sq ft waterfront property was onsale for Cdn $18 million, at the time BritishColumbias most expensive house, but she paidCdn $17 million (US$13 million). [June 2004]
Natural daughter of Vernon Winfrey by VernitaLee (born 2 May 1935).According to Forbes magazine, her 2005 networth is $1.3 billion. She was the first African-American women to make the list of billionaires,in 2003.Was a guest at friends Maria Shriver and ArnoldSchwarzeneggers star-studded weddingFirst African-American woman to become abillionaire in American history.After years of publicly criticizing DavidLettermans late-night television show, "LateShow with David Letterman" (1993), she andLetterman finally settled their differences whenshe agreed to appear on the December 1, 2005episode, during which time she was to be inNew York to promote her musical of The ColorPurple (1985). During the Superbowl of 2007,
they appeared in an advertisement together forLettermans show. In the ad, they sat togetheron a couch watching the Superbowl, wearingopposing team jerseys. Has a cameo playing herself in Throw Mommafrom the Train (1987). In a "clip" from her show,she interviews a writer (the ex-wife of BillyCrystals character) whose plagiarized andembellished "life story" is at the top of thebestseller lists (foreshadowing the James Freycontroversy twenty years later).Was #3 on the annual Forbes magazine Celebrity100 list in 2006Collapsed from heat exhaustion during a recentvisit to her hometown of Kosciusko, Mississippi.[October 2006]Winfreys name was originally "Orpah," after thebiblical figure in the book of Ruth. Severaldifferent stories allude to the fact that either a
misspelling on her birth certificate or a strugglewith the pronunciation of her name eventuallyled to "Oprah" being adopted as her givenname.Has Native American ancestry.Appearing on the annual "Time 100" list, Timesranking of the 100 most influential people in theworld, in 2007 again, she is the only person whohas been on that list five times (May 2007).Her two-year-old golden retriever, Gracie, diedafter accidentally choking to death on anotherdogs ball [July 2007].In 2006, she gave $58,300,000 to charity to theOprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, OprahsAngel Network, and other groups.In 2006, she earned an estimated $260 million insalary from her various interests including
syndication, cable television, and printmagazines.Thanked by Shawn Colvin in the liner notes ofher album "A Few Small Repairs".Had two half siblings from her mother. Her halfbrother passed away from AIDS in December1988 and her half sister, Patricia, died undermysterious circumstances in 2003.Ranked #1 in the 2008 Forbes The Celebrity 100list.She was awarded an honorary doctorate fromDuke University in Durham, North Carolina in2009 and was the 2009 CommencementSpeaker.Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Ellen DeGeneres,Kevin Costner, Steve Martin, Julia Louis-Dreyfus,Carol Burnett, John Cleese, Rob Lowe and Ivan
Reitman are among her various SouthernCalifornia neighbors.Worlds first black billionairess with anestimated worth of $2.3 billion as of 2009.Her personal chef until 2007 was Art Smith.Recipient of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors;other recipients that year were Jerry Herman,Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard, and Bill T.Jones.With ratings at an estimated 6.5 million viewersper day, her show is the most popular talk showin the world.Aunt of Chrishaunda Lee, the daughter of herdeceased half-sister Patricia. Oprah walkedChrishaundra down the aisle at her wedding in2005.Her idol is Diana Ross.
Attended Nicolet High School in Glendale,Wisconsin for a short period of time in herteenage years.Is of African descent.Over the 25-year run of her daytime TV talkshow, Winfrey never once missed a day throughabsenteeism.When Oprahs show went independent for thefirst time, her staff consisted of 4 personnelincluding herself. By 2011, her empire hadexpanded to 464 personnel.Oprahs broadcasting career began in the late1960s as a teenage intern at WVOL, an African-American radio station in Nashville, Tennessee.Received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award- a special Oscar for her charity work - onNovember 12, 2011 in Los Angeles.
Teenage crushes were Beatle Paul McCartneyand the Jackson 5s Jackie Jackson.Ever since she was 15-years-old, Oprah has kepta journal of every day of her life.Since the inception of the "Book Club" segmenton her show, an estimated 30 million bookswere sold as a direct result of the worldwidepublicity.Personal QuotesLuck is a matter of preparation meetingopportunity.My idea of heaven is a great big baked potatoand someone to share it with.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the Limo,but what you want is someone who will take thebus with you when the Limo breaks down.All my life I have always known I was born togreatness.The essential question is not, "How busy areyou? but What are you busy at? Are you doingwhat fulfills you?What matters is how you feel inside, becausefeeling beautiful on the inside is key to lookinggood. quoted in Womans World 9-20-05The expectation of my life was that I might beable to work for some good white folks. Now Igot some good white folks working for me.Some women have a weakness for shoes... I cango barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness forbooks.
My philosophy is that doing your best at thismoment puts you in the best place for the nextmoment.Just want to say how deeply saddened I am, weall are, by the sudden passing of actress NatashaRichardson yesterday. Our thoughts and prayersare with her husband Liam Neeson, their twosons, the rest of their family and friends. Yetanother reminder of how fleeting life can be andhow precious. We need to value every moment(On Natasha Richardsons tragic death).Part of her 2009 commencement speech atDuke: Of all the wonderful things that havehappened including getting a doctorate, anhonorary doctorate from Duke, what reallymakes me feel successful is being able to use mylife in service to someone else. And I will have tosay, it is a wonderful thing to have a beautifulhome or homes, a wonderful thing to have abeautiful home which just escaped the fire inSanta Barbara. And it is really fantastic to have
your own jet and anybody who says it isnt islying to you. The jet thing is really good. But youhavent completed the circle of success unlessyou can help somebody else move forward.On personal power: I have a lot of things toprove to myself. One is that I can live my lifefearlessly.On strategy: Doing the best at this moment putsyou in the best place for the next moment.Having the best things is no substitute for havingthe best life.Reaching your true potential is more than anideal. Its the ultimate goal.When the odds are against you and you havethe depth of clarity to listen to your owninstincts and follow what is true for you, youmay not become a Jay-Z, but you will becomethe best thing that you can be.
Im a firm believer that anyone can have abreakthrough right in her own backyard.