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Birth information

29 January 1954 Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA

Given Name

Orpah Gail Winfrey

Nickname

O
Deepak Oprah
Lady O

How tall is Oprah Winfrey?

1.69 m

Life Story of Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.

Significant features of Oprah Winfrey

Her self-deprecating humor
Her repeated dramatic weight loss and gain
Often sings her words when presenting.

How much money has Oprah Winfrey earned?

The Color Purple (1985) approx. $35,000
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) $315,000,000 per year (2010)

Publications and Magazines about Oprah Winfrey

George Mair Oprah Winfrey - The Definitive Story of Her Struggle and Success. 1994
Sarah Gallick (as Nellie Bly) Oprah!: Up Close and Down Home. 1993
Helen S. Garson Oprah Winfrey: A Biography. 2011
Kathryn Lofton Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. 2011

Biographical movies about Oprah Winfrey

E! True Hollywood Story: "Oprah Winfrey" Episode #9.16 2004

What movies did Oprah Winfrey play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Color Purple , The Water Man , Untitled Tarell Alvin McCraney Project , Greenleaf (2019) , David Makes Man (2019) , Queen Sugar (2019) , When They See Us (2019) , Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland (2019) , Oprah's Master Class (2018) , The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) , OWN Tonight (2017) , First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special (2016) , Super Soul Sunday (2016) , Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple (2015) , Oprah's...

Birth information

29 January 1954 Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA

Given Name

Orpah Gail Winfrey

Nickname

O
Deepak Oprah
Lady O

How tall is Oprah Winfrey?

1.69 m

Life Story of Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African American of the 20th century and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.

Significant features of Oprah Winfrey

Her self-deprecating humor
Her repeated dramatic weight loss and gain
Often sings her words when presenting.

How much money has Oprah Winfrey earned?

The Color Purple (1985) approx. $35,000
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) $315,000,000 per year (2010)

Publications and Magazines about Oprah Winfrey

George Mair Oprah Winfrey - The Definitive Story of Her Struggle and Success. 1994
Sarah Gallick (as Nellie Bly) Oprah!: Up Close and Down Home. 1993
Helen S. Garson Oprah Winfrey: A Biography. 2011
Kathryn Lofton Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. 2011

Biographical movies about Oprah Winfrey

E! True Hollywood Story: "Oprah Winfrey" Episode #9.16 2004

What movies did Oprah Winfrey play or participate?

Producers Filmography
The Color Purple , The Water Man , Untitled Tarell Alvin McCraney Project , Greenleaf (2019) , David Makes Man (2019) , Queen Sugar (2019) , When They See Us (2019) , Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland (2019) , Oprah's Master Class (2018) , The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017) , OWN Tonight (2017) , First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House: An Oprah Winfrey Special (2016) , Super Soul Sunday (2016) , Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple (2015) , Oprah's...

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She permanently withdrew herself and her show from consideration for a Daytime Emmy Award after being awarded the Lifetime Achievement (1998). She was quoted as saying, "After you've achieved it for a lifetime, what else is there?".

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Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

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.

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Oprah Winfrey in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Is the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show.

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Oprah Winfrey and Storm Reid in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.

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Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Announced that Oprah would receive $130,000,000 for continuing her talk show through the 1999-2000 television season. [September 1997]

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Oprah Winfrey in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]

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Oprah Winfrey in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York. [1994]

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Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

(Fall 1999) She and Stedman Graham are teaching "Dynamics of Leadership" class at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

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Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

Given an honorary National Book Award for her "influential contribution to reading and books". [October 1999]

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Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, and Kimberly Elise in Menschenkind (1998)

Awarded (last) 50th anniversary medal by the National Book Foundation in New York City. [November 1999]

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Oprah Winfrey, Kimberly Elise, and Thandie Newton in Menschenkind (1998)

Her immensely popular television talk show is a Harpo Production. Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards. Harpo is also the name of a character in The Color Purple (1985) (Oprah's film debut) played by Willard E. Pugh.

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Oprah Winfrey in Menschenkind (1998)

Gave birth to a baby boy when she was just age 14. The baby passed away after two weeks, from complications of being born two months premature.

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Oprah Winfrey in Der Butler (2013)

Over the course of her 25 years hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986), Oprah taped 217 episodes dedicated to sexual abuse, having been a survivor of such abuse herself as a young girl. She was instrumental in the passage of the Oprah Bill, in the early 1990s. The bill was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, and is aimed at stopping child abuse.

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Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard in Der Butler (2013)

Raised in abject poverty, she received her first pair of shoes at age 6 (1960). She learned to read at age 2½. In fact, when it was time for her to start kindergarten, she wrote a note to her teacher insisting she should be in first grade. The teacher agreed and after finishing that grade she was then skipped to third grade.

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Oprah Winfrey in Der Butler (2013)

(1986-present) Partner is Stedman Graham.

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Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Mindy Kaling in A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

She and her former personal trainer, Bob Greene, announced they are buying seven shoreline lots from Getty Family Trust to build several homes, including one on 102-acre lot for Oprah. They plan to put conservation first and keep site development low key. [April 2002]

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Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in Der Butler (2013)

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). [June 2004]

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Oprah Winfrey and Kimberly Elise in Menschenkind (1998)

Daughter of Vernon Winfrey by Vernita Lee (May 2, 1935 - November 22, 2018). Had two half-siblings from her mother. Her half-brother passed away from AIDS in December 1988 and her half-sister, Patricia Lee, passed away under mysterious circumstances in 2003. Her niece is Chrishaunda Lee Perez, the daughter of her late half-sister Patricia. Oprah walked her niece down the aisle at Chrishaundra's wedding in 2005.

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Oprah Winfrey in Die Farbe Lila (1985)

According to Forbes.com, her 2019 net worth is $2.6 billion. In 2003, she became the first African-American woman to make the list of billionaires.

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Oprah Winfrey and Steven Tyler in Conan (2010)

First African American woman billionaire in history and first African American female entrepreneur to appear on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Oprah Winfrey in Conan (2010)

After years of publicly criticizing David Letterman's late-night television show, Late Show with David Letterman (1993), she and Letterman finally settled their differences when she agreed to appear on the December 1, 2005 episode, during which time she was to be in New York to promote her musical of The Color Purple (1985). During the Superbowl of 2007, they appeared in an advertisement together for Letterman's show. In the ad, they sat together on a couch watching the Superbowl, wearing opposing team jerseys. [2005]

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Oprah Winfrey and Niecy Nash in Conan (2010)

Has a cameo playing herself in Throw Momma from the Train (1987). In a "clip" from her show, she interviews a writer (the ex-wife of Billy Crystal's character) whose plagiarized and embellished "life story" is at the top of the bestseller lists (foreshadowing the James Frey controversy twenty years later).

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Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, and Ava DuVernay in Selma (2014)

Ranked #3 on the annual Forbes magazine Celebrity 100 list. [2006]

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Oprah Winfrey in Selma (2014)

Collapsed from heat exhaustion during a recent visit to her birthplace of Kosciusko, Mississippi. [October 2006]

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Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters in The Barbara Walters Special (1976)

Winfrey's name was originally "Orpah", after the biblical figure in the book of Ruth. Several different stories allude to the fact that either a misspelling on her birth certificate or a struggle with the pronunciation of her name eventually led to "Oprah" being adopted as her given name.

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Oprah Winfrey in Der Butler (2013)

Her two-year-old golden retriever, Gracie, passed away after accidentally choking to death on another dog's ball. [July 2007]

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Oprah Winfrey in Der Butler (2013)

In 2006, she gave $58,300,000 to charity to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Oprah's Angel Network, and other groups.

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Dana Gourrier and Oprah Winfrey

In 2006, she earned an estimated $260 million in salary from her various interests including syndication, cable television, and print magazines. That same year, she gave $58,300,000 to charity to the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy, Oprah's Angel Network, and other groups.

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Oprah Winfrey in Der Butler (2013)

Ranked #3 in 2006 on the annual Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Ranked #1 in the 2008 Forbes Celebrity 100 list.

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