Oprah Winfrey Biography
Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko Mississippi to one Vernita Lee who is a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey a former coal miner, barber, and city councilman.
Even though Oprah is cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she did not come from a rich or even middle class family,she was born in an economically troubled neighborhood and raised by a teen-aged mother.
Oprah’s mother left her and traveled to the north hence she was raised by her grandmother,Hatti Mae Lee. While being raised by her grandmother lived in terrible conditions. Oprah’s only friends were farm animals,however even at that age Oprah had a very imaginative mind, she would frequently give the animals dramatic parts and included them in games. This was perhaps where she had gotten the craze for acting, and would soon be seen in legendary masterpieces such as The Color Purple .
Because of her grandmother’s values Oprah Winfrey had religion and God instilled in herself at a very young age.During church Oprah Winfrey would recite poems,and verses from the bible and soon the church, and the entire neighborhood knew she had a gift and was nicknamed,”The Little Speaker”. This would soon prompt her to become a woman with a strong perspective, which millions across the world would want to have insight on. This prepared her for The Oprah Winfrey Show which started airing in 1986.
Oprah Winfrey Education
Oprah’s father was very strict and made education the number-one priority for Oprah Winfrey. Oprah attended Nashville East High School.During high-school Oprah Winfrey wasn’t precisely certain toward what she wanted to do, however she knew it was something with speaking or drama. Oprah was also elected school president and met with president Richard Nixon being a part of public speaking classes in her high-school.It was during the last year of high-school while she was rehearsing with her drama class that a local radio station, WVOL spotted her and asked her if she would like to read on radio. Oprah was then given a job reading the news on the radio.
Oprah Winfrey’s Career
Oprah soon entered into a public speaking contest where the grand prize was a scholarship to Tennessee State University, she won the contest and received a scholarship to Tennessee State University where she majored in Speech Communications and Performing Arts.It was during her college education was offered a job as a co-anchor on the CBS television station, she declined several times before she was convinced by her speech professor that it may be the ultimate step to launch her career. Oprah wanted to find work outside of Nashville Tennessee and was soon offered a job in Baltimore,Maryland. The job offer came up a few months before her graduation, she had to choose between the job and graduating, so she decided to choose the job in Maryland as the offer was very tempting.
At the job in Maryland she wasn’t a very good reporter and was shortly fired. Oprah’s boss set her up as a talk show host on a morning talk show called, People Are Talking in 1978 . Immediately after the first show Oprah knew this is what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Oprah strengthened the talk show for seven years and then she decided it was time to move on.
In 1981 Oprah Winfrey sent recorded tapes of the show to a talk-show in Chicago called A.M. Chicago who immediately offered her the job and in September of 1985 she changed the name of the show to, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. The first broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show was on September 8th,1986. The Oprah Winfrey show first targeted woman, however soon due to controversial topics and intriguing topics Oprah brought on to the show it appealed to people of all genders,ethnics,and ages. Oprah promoted many things on her show such as books, movie releases all of which people were eager to know what her opinions were of them.
The Oprah Winfrey show went on to receive prestigious awards such as Day Time Emmy Awards and several others .Winfrey expanded the Oprah Winfrey show and started releasing a monthly magazine:The Oprah Magazine with the first issue being in the year 2000.
Oprah Winfrey’s Movies
Oprah made her debut as a film actress in the 1985 period drama film, The Color Purple. Oprah played a troubled housewife named Sofia. Oprah was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. This movie went on to become a Broadway musical adaptation. In 1998 Oprah starred in the movie, Beloved which she also produced. Winfrey played the character Sethe who was a former slave. Winfrey has also acted in several movies such as Charlotte’s Web , Bee Movie , and The Princess and the Frog.
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Oprah Winfrey’s Husband
Oprah Winfrey got into a romantic partnership with Stedman Graham with whom they have been together for thirty years but have never tied the knot officially.
Oprah Winfrey’s Children
Though being in a relationship with Stedman Graham for thirty years ,Oprah Winfrey does not have any children.
Oprah Winfrey Awards
Oprah Winfrey has received prestigious awards such as an Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts And Sciences, Day Time Emmy Awards and several other prestigious awards.
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