Oprah Winfrey

By: Leobardo Dominguez

Oprah's Background

Born: January 29, 1954

Raised In: Kosciusko, Mississippi

Currently Lives In: A mansion on her 42 acre estate Montecito, California


Oprah Winfrey is an entrepreneur who created Harpo Inc. a company which produces various films and television shows.

Harpo Inc.

In 1986 Oprah Winfrey founded Harpo Incorporated. Based in Chicago, the company has helped to produce various movies and t.v. shows

Some of the movies produced by Harpo include

  • The Great Debaters
  • Precious
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • And Beloved

Education

Oprah never really saw education as a needed skill until she moved in with her very strict father at the age of 14. He made her read a new book every week and write him a book report on it. He expected the best out of her and she delivered. She was an honor roll student throughout high school. She was so involved in her schoolwork, that she received a full scholarship to Tennessee State University. While there she majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts

Working Experience

Oprah had many jobs within the field of broadcasting. She was a radio show host, news anchor and a talk show host. It all started in 1984 when she had earned a lot of respect and had her first broadcast of A.M. Chicago which had huge ratings. She worked there until she was moved to Baltimore to host the WJZ-TV radio show. And then she became the first ever black TV news anchor reporter, she was working under WTVF-TV at the time. After her many successes, she decided to start, "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Fun Facts

  • She launched both Dr. Phil's and Dr. Oz's TV careers
  • She has been with Stedman Graham since 1986
  • He proposed in 1992 but they have not yet married
  • She won the Medal of Freedom which is the highest civilian honor

Timeline

1984- First broadcast of A.M. Chicago- huge ratings

1987- Oprah wins her first Emmy for best talk show host and best show

1993- Interviewed Michael Jackson which is to this day one of the most watched television event

2004- Time Magazine listed her ass the only black billionaire at the time

2004- Listed as one of Time's most influential people of the 20th century