Oprah Putting The Past Behind

Oprah Winfrey Overcoming Obstacles

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Oprah's childhood is apart of who she has become today.


Oprah Winfrey was born January 29, 1954 in the state of Mississippi. She grew up on a farm with her grandma until she was six. She then went with her mother in Wisconsin. Sadly her mother was mostly gone because of work and Oprah was forsaken. Unfortunately she was sexually abused by her 19 year old cousin at the age of 9. Later by her mothers boyfriend at the age of 13. She even ran away. Due to this abuse Oprah was pregnant at the age of 14. Shortly after she had the baby it died. She went go live with her dad after that and that's where it all changed.

Education to the Recsue

Oprah's father had made education an important part of her life. She went to Nashville East High School where she took public speaking and drama. She even was class president. After winning a public speaking contest Oprah got a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. After a few broadcasting jobs before Oprah was host on People Are Talking. Later she went for a job on the show Chicago, and became the show became the highest ranked talk show in Chicago. Later the show was named The Oprah Winfrey Show.


Oprah knows that when opportunity comes, to take it. She learned from her past that you have to create and build your own success. She even said, "My story just helped define and shape me as everybody's story." She now has a TV show called The Oprah Winfrey show and her monthly magazine called O,The Oprah Magazine.
1986 - Commercial - The Oprah Winfrey Show Premiere - THE FIRST OPRAH COMMERCIAL!!!


  • graduated from Tennessee State University with a degree in speech and performing
  • moved to Chicago to host AM Chicago, later she took over and renamed it ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’
  • awarded National Community Service Award
  • won an Emmy for best talk show and best host
  • In 2005, Time Magazine named Oprah one of the 100 most influential people of the year
  • and many more great accomplishments


“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

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Oprah was named one of the 100 most influential people of 2005 by Time Magazine.


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