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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Oprah Winfrey


Oprah Winfrey

Born (January 29, 1954 -) Philanthropist, Humanitarian, Executive Producer, Pioneer

There are some women in the world who are truly pioneering impactful souls. In my opinion Oprah Winfrey is one of those women. Her continued commitment to everyone's greatness and transformed many peoples' lives for well over 30 years. Even those Oprah has made most of her influence in television broadcasting, there are so many facets where she continues to make a difference in music.

Known for:
  • first African American syndicated talk show host
  • first African American woman billionaire (Forbes, 2003)
  • The Oprah Winfrey Show, Harpo Productions, O Magazine, Oxygen Network
  • Oprah's Angel Network, Oprah's Book Club
  • campaign for the "Oprah Bill" (1993), providing a national database of convicted child abusers.
  • Color Purple (movie and broadway musical)
  • 1998 - Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1999 - 50th anniversary gold medal, National Book Foundation
  • Time 100: Time Magazine named Oprah Winfrey one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century
Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to parents who were not married, Oprah Winfrey moved at age six from her grandmother's Mississippi farm to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her mother, and at age fourteen to Nashville, Tennessee, to live with her father. Oprah was pregnant at fourteen but lost the baby soon after birth.

Excelling in school even with a childhood troubled with rebellion and abuse, Oprah Winfrey received a full college scholarship to Tennessee State University (1976) and won the Miss Black Tennessee contest when she was eighteen. The next year she began to work as a news anchor in Nashville. In 1976, after earning her college degree, she moved to a position with an ABC news affiliate in Baltimore, Maryland, and in 1977 began co-hosting a local morning show.

Oprah Winfrey was hired in 1984 to rescue a failing morning talk show in Chicago, A. M. Chicago. After a quick turnaround in the ratings, it was expanded to an hour and renamed the next year asThe Oprah Winfrey Show, and it was syndicated nationally in 1986 -- making Oprah Winfrey the first African American to host a nationally-syndicated talk show.That year, she formed Harpo Productions, a production company. She acted in or produced a number of movie and television projects. Oprah's Book Club, begun in 1997, has been responsible for huge sales of the books that she features on her talk show, with major benefits to the publishing industry and to individual writers.In 2000, she helped found Oxygen Media, Inc., providing cable and interactive programming directed at women.

Her popular talk show is oriented towards informing women and changing women's lives. She is involved in many causes, including a number focused on helping African American women, in recognition of her own journey.

Acting and Producing:

Oprah Winfrey had a part in The Color Purple, Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation of Alice Walker's novel. She appeared in a movie adaptation of Richard Wright's Native Son. She was in the television series The Women of Brewster Place in 1989. In 1992, she provided the voice of Elizabeth Keckley in the television production, Lincoln. In 1997, she produced and starred in the television movieBefore Women Had Wings, and in 1998, produced and starred in an adaptation of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Beloved. Oprah has also produced or played roles in a number of television and movie productions.


Oprah Winfrey, with the income and wealth derived from her production company and other efforts, has chosen to donate a signficant amount to charities and other philanthropic causes, especially stressing education. The Oprah's Angel Network is one of her projects, in which she gives $100,000 awards to those who are helping others in significant ways.

Oprah Winfrey Quotes

  •  I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed.
  • I don't think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.
  • Become the change you want to see - those are words I live by.
  • Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.
  • The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path with take on greater meaning.
  • Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
  • The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.
  • You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.
  • Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning -- one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.
  •  Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
    I know that you cannot hate other people without hating yourself.
    Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.