Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Age
60
Birthday
Jan. 29th, 1954
Born in
Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
Height
5' 6 1/2

Oprah Winfrey's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Oprah TV Show
Oprah
Entertainment Tonight TV Show
Entertainment Tonight
Oprah's Big Give TV Show
Oprah's Big Give
Oprah: Where Are They Now? TV Show
Oprah: Where Are They Now?
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons TV Show
200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons
African American Lives TV Show
African American Lives
Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes TV Show
Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes
Brewster Place TV Show
Brewster Place
 

Main Movie Roles

2009 - It's Complicated
2009 - The Princess and the Frog
2007 - Bee Movie
2007 - Everything's Cool
2007 - Ocean's Thirteen
2006 - Charlotte's Web
1987 - Throw Momma from the Train
1985 - The Color Purple

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Herself - Narrator (U.S. Broadcast)
10
Herself - Friend (segment "Tyler Perry")
5
Therapist
2
Herself
2
The President
2
Herself
1
Oprah Winfrey
1
Herself
1
[Complete List]



BIOGRAPHY:

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century the greatest black philanthropist in American history. She is currently North America's only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, Oprah Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication, she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue, which a Yale study says broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream. By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, and an emotion-centered approach she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others. From 2006 to 2008, her support of Barack Obama, by one estimate, delivered over a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race.




TRIVIA:
  • (June 2004) Purchased a house at 3330 Radcliffe Avenue, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This superb 11,000 sq ft waterfront property was on sale for Cdn $18 million, at the time British Columbia's most expensive house, but she paid Cdn $17 million (US$13 million).
  • Has size 10 feet.
  • In addition to being a news anchor on WJZ-TV13 in Baltimore, Maryland, Winfrey was co-host with 'Richard Sher' (qv) (a reporter) on a local talk show called "People are Talking" on that station.
  • Had two half siblings from her mother. Her half brother passed away from AIDS in December 1988 and her half sister, Patricia, died under mysterious circumstances in 2003.
  • (November 1999) Awarded (lst) 50th anniversary medal by National Book Foundation, NYC.
  • Was instrumental in the passage of the Oprah Bill, in the early 1990s. The bill was signed into law by President 'Bill Clinton (I)' (qv), and is aimed at stopping child abuse.
  • She was ranked first in Entertainment Weekly's 1998 list of the most powerful people in show business, but dropped to sixth in the 1999 list. Still, she was the highest ranking performer, as well as the highest ranking woman, and the only African-American to make the list.
  • Has Native American ancestry.


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