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Oprah Winfrey (born January 29th, 1954) Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host on her show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'.

Net Worth: Her net worth was estimated at $2.9 billion. (Forbes, 2013)

Childhood: Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Her mother was Vernita Lee, a teenage housemaid, but there was much speculation as to who her father was. While she thought coal miner Vernon Winfrey was her biological father, several years later a farmer called Noah Robinson, Sr. claimed he was. She lived with her mother and grandmother as a youngster and the family were extremely poor.

Oprah learnt to read and often recited Bible verses. She and her mother than lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for a time, before she was sent to be taken care of by Vernon. Oprah has claimed that between the ages of 9 and 13 she was molested by various family members and subsequently ran away from home. She had a child at the age of 14 who died a short time after birth. She attended Lincoln High School before being transferred to Nicolet High School where she was frequently bullied for being poor.

She became a more popular student when she went to East Nashville High School and was known for her drama and speech skills which led her to a scholarship at Tennessee State University. Her first job was at a grocery store and she later landed a part time job as a newsreader on local radio station WVOL.

TV and film career: Oprah Winfrey's early TV career included anchor positions at Nashville's WLAC-TV and Baltimore's WJZ-TV, and host of WJZ talk show 'People Are Talking' and 'Dialling for Dollars'. In the early 80s, Oprah began hosting talk show 'AM Chicago' and was responsible for bringing the show higher ratings. The program soon became 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' and beat 'Donahue' as America's number one talk show. In 2011, Discovery Health Channel was turned into OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

That year saw the final episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'. The show saw several high profile celebrity guests including political figures such as Barack Obama and Sarah Palin. Her most famous interview, however, was with Michael Jackson in 1993 which became the most watched interview ever recorded with 36.5 million viewers. As well as hosting, Oprah has also had various production and acting roles.

Her first TV acting job was on 1989 miniseries 'The Women of Brewster Place'. In 1985, she was nominated for an Academy Award for her appearance in Steven Spielberg's 'The Color Purple'. She subsequently went on to produce the Broadway musical adaption. She took on another production and acting venture in 1998 with the movie 'Beloved' alongside Danny Glover and Thandie Newton, but it performed poorly at the box office despite some good reviews.

Winfrey has done a lot for charity, ranking in on the 50 most generous Americans in 2004 and remaining there until 2010. As of 2012 she'd given roughly $400 million to educational causes. In the summer of 2006, Winfrey took her staff and their families (1065 people) on a trip to Hawaii to celebrate two decades on national television, as a thank you for her employee's hard work. Winfrey donated $12 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in 2013.

The same year she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barrack Obama. Winfrey created Oprah's Angel Network in 1998; a charity that supported charitable projects and provided grants to non-profit organizations around the world, which raised more than $80,000,000. 100% of funds raised went to charity programs as Winfrey handled all administrative costs associated with the charity. The charity stopped accepting donations in 2010 and was later dissolved. After Hurricane Katrina, Winfrey created the Oprah Angel Network Katrina registry, which raised more than $11 million and for which Winfrey gave $10 million.

Personal Life: In 1970 Winfrey dated musician John Tesh. When insecure about her appearance, Winfrey found comfort in reporter Lloyd Kramer, claiming it to be "the most fun romance I've ever had". During her life she has faced struggles with crack cocaine addiction and fluctuating weight. During these times, she has admitted to have been going through a series of difficult relationships.

Winfrey briefly dated film critic Roger Ebert, before later entering into a romance with filmmaker Reginald Chevalier. The relationship came to an end when she met Stedman Graham who she has been with since 1986. Although they were engaged once, they remain an unmarried couple. Winfrey has been best friends with 'This Morning' co-anchor Gayle King for several decades.

Their incredibly close bond has been the subject of much speculation that their relationship is romantic, though both have laughed off this suggestion as nonsense.



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Stars Pay Tribute To Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown Who Has Died Aged 22


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Celebrities have taken to social media to express their condolences over the tragic death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late singer Whitney Houston. The 22 year old died on Sunday (July 26th), six months after she was found unconscious in a bathtub at her Atlanta home.

Bobbi Kristina BrownStars have been paying their respects to Bobbi Kristina Brown who has died aged 22.

On twitter talk show host Oprah Winfrey expressed her sadness writing, ‘Peace at last #BobbiKristina’, while ‘Empire’ actress Taraji P. Henderson added ‘Rest in heaven’.

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OWN Cancels Reality Series About Man With 34 Children To 17 Different Women


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OWN, Oprah Winfrey’s Network, has cancelled an upcoming reality television series which was supposed to centre on a man who has fathered 34 children. Music producer, Jay Williams, has fathered 34 children with 17 different women. The documentary was slated for a September premiere but production on the series has halted and the reasons are somewhat vague.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey's network has cancelled a reality series about a man with 34 children.

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'Late Show with David Letterman'

Oprah Winfrey - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to Ed Sullivan Theater ahead of their interviews on the 'Late Show with David Letterman' in New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 14th May 2015

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Bill Clinton To Stop By 'The Late Show' Next Week, As David Letterman's Final Appearance Looms


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Bill Clinton will make his 10th and final ‘Late Show’ appearance on Tuesday night as the former President joins the growing number of high profile guests bidding farewell to long time host David Letterman. After over 6,000 episodes of the talk show Letterman will step down as host later this month as Stephen Colbert takes over hosting duties.

David LettermanDavid Letterman's time a 'The Late Show' host is nearly up.

The former President will be joined by comedian Adam Sandler on Tuesday night’s edition, while Howard Stern and Don Rickles will appear on Monday. Wednesday sees actress Julia Roberts along with musical guest Ryan Adams, followed by George Clooney and Tom Waits on Thursday. On Friday night Letterman will be joined by Oprah Winfrey and Canadian comic Norm MacDonald.

Continue reading: Bill Clinton To Stop By 'The Late Show' Next Week, As David Letterman's Final Appearance Looms

Ever Wondered Which SATC Characters Oprah And Gandhi Would Be?


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Appearing on the chat show 'Watch What Happens Live!' last Thursday (30 April), Cynthia Nixon was asked by host Andy Cohen to suggest which 'Sex and the City' characters a variety of famous faces would be. And the results were certainly interesting: the actress was quick to name Queen Elizabeth II as Charlotte, both Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama as Carries, and Beyonce as Samantha.

Cynthia Nixon at the Annual Rush HeARTS Education Valentine's Luncheon at The Plaza Hotel - New York CityCynthia Nixon still keeps in touch with all the 'Sex and the City' ladies

But who does Cynthia think would make a good Miranda, the feisty lawyer she played in the popular HBO series? She reckons Hillary Clinton, Lena Dunham and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would all be a good fit. And then there's Gandhi, who would be - who else - Mr Big, according to Cynthia.

Continue reading: Ever Wondered Which SATC Characters Oprah And Gandhi Would Be?

Oprah Winfrey's Possessions Up For Auction In Chicago, Proceeds Will Be Donated To Charity


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Oprah Winfrey is selling some of her possessions and is donating the proceeds to charity. The objects were from Winfrey's Chicago home and 571 objects are up for auction in the city on Saturday (25th April).

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey is selling some of her possessions to raise money for charity.

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Dr. Oz Defends Columbia University Appointment After Allegations He Promotes "Quack" Medicine


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Dr. Mehmet Oz, best known for his appearances on Oprah Winfrey and The Dr. Oz Show, has issued a statement defending himself against the group of doctors at Columbia University who have called for his dismissal from the Medical School's faculty.

Dr. OzDr. Oz has issued a statement in response to allegations that he promotes quack medicine.

Read More: Oprah Winfrey's Own Network Suing Alleged Imposter For Posing As Mogul's Nephew.

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Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network Suing Alleged Imposter For Posing As Mogul's Nephew


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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network has reportedly filed a lawsuit in Florida, against a man who allegedly claimed to the mogul’s nephew. According to The Hollywood Reporter the lawsuit alleges that Justin Jackson pretended to be Oprah’s nephew as well as OWN network employees in order to gain gifts and benefits.

Oprah WinfreyOprah’s OWN network filed the lawsuit in Florida on Friday.

The suit claims that Jackson has a history of impersonation and has previously claimed to be an aide to President Obama as well as Madonna’s manager. Also listed as co-plaintiffs in the suit are Reggie Love, a former personal aide to Obama and Scott Garner, OWN's Senior Vice President of Scheduling and Acquisitions.

Continue reading: Oprah Winfrey's OWN Network Suing Alleged Imposter For Posing As Mogul's Nephew

Maya Angelou Memorial Stamp Goes Awry


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The US Postal Service’s attempt to commemorate the late author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has ended in farce, after a postage stamp bearing her image contained a quotation that was, in fact, attributed to somebody else.

According to the Washington Post on Tuesday, the words that appear on the stamp - “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” – would seem to make reference to Angelou’s 1969 autobiography ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’.

However, though these words are associated with her they were not actually written by Angelou, but instead by Joan Walsh Anglund in her 1967 book of poetry ‘A Cup of Sun’, with the “it” on the stamp changed from a “he”.

Continue reading: Maya Angelou Memorial Stamp Goes Awry

Oprah Winfrey Set To Close Harpo Studios In Chicago


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Although Chicago is "everything" to Oprah Winfrey, the media mogul is set to close Harpo Studios where she filmed 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' for more than 20 years in the Windy City, this December, and will move all production of OWN, her cable network, to a studio in California.

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Winfrey spent more than 20 years at Harpo Studios

OWN recently relocated its headquarters into a new studio in West Hollywood, California, and Oprah revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she wants all the work currently done in Chicago to be carried out on the west coast.

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2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Oprah Winfrey - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Outside Arrivals

Oprah Winfrey - The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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Common, John Legend Bring Oscars Audience to Tears with "Glory" Performance and Speech


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Was there really any doubt in anyone's mind that Glory would win for Best Soundtrack this year? Didn't think so. John Legend accepted the award in classic John Legend style, with a rousing social justice-themed speech. 

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John Legend used his platform to address the injustices African Americans face in the American justice system.

His speech focused on the plight of African-Americans trapped in the current American justice system, comparing their numbers to those of slaves in the 19th century. 

Continue reading: Common, John Legend Bring Oscars Audience to Tears with "Glory" Performance and Speech

The 87th Annual Oscars - Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Oprah Winfrey and Stedman Graham - A host of stars were photographed as they attended the Vanity Fair Oscar Party which was held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and The Beverly Hills City Hall in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

30th Film Independent Spirit Awards

Oprah Winfrey - 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals at Tent on the beach, Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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Oprah Winfrey

Date of birth

29th January, 1954

Occupation

Broadcaster; Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.69