Oprah Winfrey

Talk Show Host ("The Oprah Winfrey Show")

Early Life

  1. Oprah was sexually abused, and made many bad choices because of it. She was sent to her father's house after her mother tried sending her to a place for juvenile delinquents. (Contemporary Authors Online, 11,12) (I paraphrased this).
  2. Oprah was born January 29th, 1954, Kosciusko, Mississippi. (Contemporary Authors Online,1) (I paraphrased this).

Getting Involved

  1. Oprah is putting her money toward various causes, and not just in our society, but in other countries. She is helping South Africa recover from segregation, and is starting the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. (Morning Edition,1) (I paraphrased this).

Choices & Results

  1. Oprah got a job in 1984, as an anchor for the A.M Chicago talk show. She majorly influenced the show, that later the next year, the show's name was changed to "The Oprah Winfrey Show". The show became the most popular talk show, with many people watching Oprah's show. (Business Leader Profiles for Students, 10) (I paraphrased this). Oprah's choice in accepting this job transformed the show, and started her fame.

Her Words

  1. "This is an evolution of what I've been able to do every day. I will now have the opportunity to do that 24 hours a day on a platform that goes on forever."(Morning Edition,5)
  2. "I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good."(Contemporary Heroes and Heroines,1)

Legacy

  1. Oprah is using some of her money to do various things to not only help our society, but help other some other countries is the world. She has been helping the people in a country that is still recovering from slavery and has started the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, a new foundation in South Africa. (Morning Edition, 3) (I paraphrased this).

Aftermath

  1. Oprah speaks to various groups, particularly woman and youth, about maintaining high standards, and being the best they can be. (Notable Black American Women, 28) (I paraphrased this).

Words For Her

  1. ''I think they want her personal help, because they think she has the secret,'' she said about Ms. Winfrey. ''She has a private plane and she came from nothing. If she's lifted herself up from the horrible background she came from, she's got the key. When she gives advice it's sort of like doling out some of that.'' (The New York Times, 14)

Annotated Bibliography

  1. "Oprah Winfrey." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2015. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. This source helped me figure out facts and different details of her early life. This source told me about Oprah's childhood, including her birthday and birthplace, as well as her upbringing.
  2. "Oprah Winfrey." Notable Black American Women. Gale, 1992. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. This source showed me of how Oprah encourages many groups of people to to push themselves to their limits.
  3. "Oprah Winfrey to Launch TV Network." Morning Edition 16 Jan. 2008. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. I used this source to help find a quote by Oprah. This quote was from a audio source with an interviewer interviewing Oprah. She talks of how starting her own talk show will influence her job.
  4. "Oprah Winfrey." Contemporary Heroes and Heroines. Vol. 2. Detroit: Gale, 1992. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. This source is an article that begins with a quote from Oprah Winfrey herself. The quote talks about how Oprah says that she thinks of herself as someone who understands her responsibilities in our society.
  5. "Oprah Winfrey." Business Leader Profiles for Students. Ed. Sheila Dow and Jaime E. Noce. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 1999. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. This source helped me describe her choices and results of becoming an anchor for a morning talk show. Later, her fame grew, and the morning talk show became her own talk show, "The Oprah Winfrey Show".
  6. "Oprah Opens Leadership Academy in South Africa." Morning Edition 3 Jan. 2007. Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. This source helps me describe the sections, legacy, and in getting involved. In where this source talks about her (Oprah) giving funds to making a leadership academy for poor girls.
  7. Grose, Jessica. "Life in the time of Oprah." New York Times 17 Aug. 2008: 1(L). Biography in Context. Web. 5 May 2016. This source helped me find words for (what others had to say for) Oprah. In this source, particularly the piece that I cited, it talks about how other people who know about her look at her, and being amazed at how successful she became.
  8. "Oprah Winfrey at Matrix Awards." UPI Photo Collection. 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016. This source provided me a picture. This picture is of Oprah holding a magazine with herself on the cover.
  9. "Poet Maya Angelou Reads a New Poem to Oprah in Chicago." UPI Photo Collection. 2011. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016. This source provided me a picture. This is a picture of Oprah with Maya Angelou.
  10. "Oprah Winfrey in 1986, the same year The Oprah Winfrey Show went into syndication." American Decades Primary Sources. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 9: 1980-1989. Detroit: Gale, 2004. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016. This source provided me a picture. The picture is a picture of Oprah when her talk show began.
  11. "Oprah Winfrey And Oscar De La Renta Arrive For The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's Costume Institute Gala In New York." UPI Photo Collection. 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 6 May 2016. This source provided me a picture. The picture is of Oprah with Oscar De La Renta.
  12. "Oprah Winfrey in New York." UPI Photo Collection. 2010. Biography in Context. Web. 12 May 2016.

    This source provided me a picture. I used this picture in the aftermath section.