Oprah Gail Winfrey

By: Jarrica Speidel

The Journey

Oprah Winfrey was born in Mississippi to an unmarried teenage mother. After she was born her mother left her and she was forced to stay for six years with her grandmother in poverty. Her grandmother was very encouraging. Oprah had an ability to recite bible verses, so she was nicknamed "The Preacher." At age six, Oprah moved to Wisconsin with her mother. She was later molested by her cousin and no one in her family believed her. At the age of thirteen and being abused for years, Oprah ran away. Later she was found and sent to Vernon in Nashville, Tennessee. She became an honor student there, joined speech, and was voted the Most Popular Girl. She got a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, after winning an oratory contest. Oprah then studied communications and earned her first job part-time doing news.

In 1983, Oprah relocated to Chicago to host a half hour morning talk show. Within months she took over that talk show and then later was convinced to talk on another show. This show was called At the Movies, and was later renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah has earned many awards for this talk show.

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Becoming an Entrepreneur

The World's Most Powerful Woman

Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, American media proprietor, producer, actress and a philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show that was aired from 1986 to 2011 called, The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah was born into a hard life, that had poverty, sexual abuse, an unexpected pregnancy and the death of that child. Even though she had all of that going on she quoted that she never thought of herself as those things, she knew she was responsible for herself and needed to make her life better. Now she is the twentieth century's richest African American. Times.com and CNN named her the 'world's most powerful woman.' Oprah has influenced millions, making a complete alliance with them. Her dedication as a media leader and philanthropist has made her one of the most admired people of our time.
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