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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

Oprah Endorses Hillary Clinton For President


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Oprah Winfrey has endorsed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, invoking the presumptive Democratic candidate’s slogan by saying “I’m with her”.

“I really believe that is going to happen,” the talk show queen told Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday evening (June 15th), demonstrating serious enthusiasm for the possibilty of Clinton becoming the first female president in US history. “It’s about time that we make that decision.”

“Regardless of your politics, it’s a seminal moment for women,” she added. “What this says is, there is no ceiling, that ceiling just went boom! It says anything is possible when you can be leader of the free world.”

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Oprah Winfrey - Celebrities attend the Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Greenleaf" at Tribeca Film Festival - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 20th April 2016

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How To Earn Millions In Less Than 140 Characters, Oprah Winfrey Style


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Okay, so you have to be Oprah to do it. That woman is a money-making machine. She has managed to rake in over $12 million just by Tweeting about eating bread while on a diet. We're not even kidding. She's actually earning money by eating her favourite food while still losing weight and telling everyone about it.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey loses 26 pounds and still eats bread

The media mogul took to Twitter yesterday (January 26th 2016) to unveil the holy revelation to all the budding dieters out there, accompanied by a link to the Weight Watchers website and a 30-second video. 'Eat bread. Lose weight. Whaaatttt? #ComeJoinMe', she wrote. She elaborated in her video that she managed to lose a massive 26 pounds since starting Weight Watchers, a company of which she owns 10% of shares. 

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Ellen DeGeneres On Her Concerns & Eventual Decision To Publicly Come Out


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Ellen Degeneres has detailed how she made her decision to come out as gay in the 1990s, amidst her concerns that the public disclosure of her sexuality would have a negative impact on her career. The comedian, actor and talk show host was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, for Oprah’s Master Class which airs on Sunday (25th October). In the interview, DeGeneres discussed her coming out, in addition to the development of her career from sitcom star to talk show host.

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres (L) with her wife, Portia De Rossi (R), at the Teen Choice Awards ceremony in August 2015. 

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Oprah Winfrey Buys 10% Stake In Weight Watchers, Causing Shares To Soar


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Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is adding a 10 percent stake in Weight Watchers to her already impressive portfolio. The news of Oprah’s investment in the slimming company has caused Weight Watchers International’s shares to soar, as the markets opened on Monday morning.

Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey has purchased a 10% stake in Weight Watchers.

USA Today reports that Winfrey is also getting the option to acquire an additional five percent stake in the company and will join the Weight Watchers board after, ‘a positive personal experience with the company's weight-loss program’.

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Oprah Winfrey , Gayle King - Celebrities and Tennis Pros at Day 9 of the 2015 Tennis U.S. Open at Billy Jean King National Tennis Center - New York City, United States - Tuesday 8th September 2015

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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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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Oprah Winfrey

Date of birth

29th January, 1954

Occupation

TV Presenter

Sex

Female

Height

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