Oprah Winfrey

Background Information

Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur . She is best known for hosting her own internationally popular talk show from 1986 to 2011. She was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Oprah is a billionare who is a role model to many females.

Struggles

Although Oprah is so successful, she went through struggles earlier in her life. After a troubled adolescence in a small farming community, where she was abused by a number of male relatives and friends of her mother, Vernita, she moved to Nashville to live with her father, Vernon, a barber and businessman. She entered Tennessee State University in 1971, and began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.

Where It Began

In 1976, Oprah Winfrey moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted the TV chat show People Are Talking. The show became a hit and Winfrey stayed with it for eight years, after which she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago. She plays a role in Steven Spielberg's 1985 film The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Oprah Winfrey - Mini Bio

Success

Oprah launched the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986 as a nationally syndicated program. With its placement on 120 channels and an audience of 10 million people, the show grossed $125 million by the end of its first year, of which Winfrey received $30 million. She soon gained ownership of the program from ABC, drawing it under the control of her new production company, Harpo Productions ('Oprah' spelled backwards) and making more and more money.

In 2009, Oprah Winfrey announced that she would be ending her program when her contract with ABC ended, in 2011. Soon after, she moved to her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network, a joint venture with Discovery Communications.

Why does Oprah Inspire Me?

Oprah inspires me because she became such a huge role model.

Quote

Quote: Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.

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