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Oprah Winfrey
0 yrs Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, the illegitimate child of Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey. 1954
6 yrs Oprah left Mississppi for Milwaukee to live with her mother and stepsister and later, her stepbrother. She excelled at school and ran wild at home. 1960
14 yrs Her mother tried to place her in a juvenile hall but Oprah was turned away for lack of beds. 1968
  Fourteen-year-old Oprah gave birth to a premature boy, who died soon after birth.  
  Her father Vernon and his wired, Zelma, took Oprah into their Nashville home. In this new atmosphere Oprah became an honor student and was popular at school.  
16 yrs WVOL Radio hired Oprah "Gail" Winfrey to read news on the air. She was $100 per week, an excellent salary for a 16-year-old. 1970
17 yrs Oprah graduated from East Nashville High School and was voted "Most Popular." She won a four-year scholarship to Tennessee State University based on her speaking abilities. 1971
  Oprah was crowned Miss Black Tennessee.  
19 yrs At 19, Oprah became the first African American woman ever to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. 1973
22 yrs WJZ-TV Baltimore hired Oprah to host the 6 o'clock news. Oprah met her lifetime pal, Gayle King, a production assistant at WJZ-TV. 1976
  April 1: Oprah was demoted from news anchor to morning talk show host. Oprah became cohost of People are Talking on WJZ-TV, a job that lasted until 1983.  
30 yrs Oprah Winfrey moved to Illinois to host A.M. Chicago. 1984
31 yrs The Oprah Winfrey Show replaced A.M. Chicago; later in the year the show became nationally syndicated. 1985
  The Color Purple was released and Oprah was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as Sophia.  
32 yrs The movie Native Son was released. In it Oprah plays a mother who begged for her son's life after he accidentally killed a young woman. 1986
  Oprah won her first Emmy as outstanding talk/service show host, and The Oprah Winfrey Show is named best show.  
  February 9: Oprah aired what is considered by some critics to be her best show: It was from Forsyth County, Georgia, where no blacks had been allowed to live since 1912.  
  Tennessee State University granted Oprah a diploma, after refusing to waive her senior project in lieu of work experience. She got her degree in speech and drama, then delivered the commencement address.  
  Oprah played herself in the Danny DeVito movie, Throw Momma from the Train.  
34 yrs Oprah was named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Television and Radio Society. The youngest-ever recipient of that award. She joined the ranks of Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Barbara Walters, and Ted Koppel. 1988
  Oprah obtained ownership and control of her show from Chicago's ABC-TV station, WLS. She began producing the show in the fall of 1988.  
  Oprah bought her Chicago facility and her farm in Indiana.  
  Billy Rizzo, Oprah's longtime assistant died of AIDS.  
  Oprah was a guest star on Pee-Wee Herman's Playhouse: Christmas Special  
35 yrs Oprah's half brother Jeffrey Lee died of AIDS. 1989
  Oprah starred as Mattie Michael in the movie The Women of Brewster Place.  
  Using the Optifast liquid diet, Oprah reduced her weight to 142 pounds, allowing her to fit into a size 10 dress. She celebrated by dragging a 67-pound slab of animal fat onto her show. She soon regained the pounds she lost.  
36 yrs Brewster Place, a weekly television show that Oprah produced and starred in, closed after just 10 weeks. 1990
  Oprah played herself in the movie Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones.  
  On a show in which she interviewed child sexual abuse victim Truddi Chase, Oprah revealed that she too had been molested as a child.  
38 yrs Stedman Graham and Oprah became engaged and, to her later regret, Oprah announced on national television. 1992
  When Oprah won Best Talk Show Host at the Daytime Emmy Awards, she was miserable. She weighed 237 pounds, her highest weight ever.  
  Oprah found Colorado trainer Bob Greene to supervise her exercise program.  
39 yrs With looking on Oprah, President Bill Clinton signed the National Child Protection Act. 1993
  Oprah produced and starred in the made-for-TV movie, There Are No Children Here.  
  Oprah took up running and began to lose the nearly 80 pounds she gained following her liquid diet.  
  Publishing company Alfred E. Knopf signed Oprah for an alleged $4 million contract for her biography. In the summer of 1993, Oprah withdrew the finished book and it was never published.  
41 yrs January 13: Oprah admitted on a broadcast television show that 20 years earlier she had used cocaine. 1995
  Oprah became the first woman to head the Forbes Top 40 Entertainers list, a ranking of entertainers by their income. She also was the only entertainer and the only black on Forbes' list of 400 richest Americans.  
43 yrs Before Women Had Wings, starring Oprah and produced by her, aired on ABC. The show helped make ABC number 1 in the Nielsen ratings for the week. 1997
  Bob Greene and Oprah's video, Oprah: Make the Connection, was released.  
  The Wedding, a four-hour miniseries directed by Charles Burnett and starring Halle Berry, was produced and released under the banner Oprah Winfrey Presents.  
  Oprah announced the formation of Oprah's Angel Network, a national effort to encourage viewers to make charitable contributions and to do volunteer work.  
44 yrs February 26: Oprah prevailed in defending herself in the food disparagement lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen. 1998
  Oprah received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards, plus an award for top talk show host.  
45 yrs She becomes "Professor Winfrey" teaching along with Stedman Graham at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is also presented with the National Book Foundation's 50th anniversary gold medal for all that Oprah's Book Club has done for books and authors. 1999
50 yrs The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert was hosted by Oprah and Tom Cruise. There were musical performances by Cyndi Lauper, Andrea Bocelli, Joss Stone, Chris Botti, Diana Krall, Tony Bennett and others. The concert was broadcasted in the United States on Dec. 23, 2004 by E!. 2004
51 yrs An unofficial Oprah fanclub, also organized a petition drive in 2005, to nominate Oprah for the Nobel Peace Prize. 2005
  On December 1 Oprah appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to promote the new Broadway musical The Color Purple, of which she was a producer, joining the host for the first time in sixteen years.  
52 yrs On February 9 it was announced that Oprah signed a $55 million, 3-year contract with XM Satellite Radio to establish a new radio channel. The channel will be called Oprah & Friends and will feature popular contributors to The Oprah Winfrey Show and 'O' Magazine 2006
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Written by mario on 2006-08-16 20:03:06
thanks so much i appreciate it so much!!!!!!!
Love it!
Written by Jk on 2006-08-21 11:41:12
These quotes by Oprah WInfrey just encourage me that I can live a better life. I am trying to take control of my life and this surely is helping me in the process.
Written by feny on 2006-09-06 23:16:33
hi oprah, i first watched your show "oprah winfrey "in october 2005 after one of privates tv in my town release your program. i love it since then.
Written by feny on 2006-09-06 23:27:37
i'd like to meet you oprah. have you been to indonesia (east nusa tenggara)? i'm really pleased if you come to visit east nusa tenggara. you are my inspiration.
Written by cmc on 2006-09-23 04:25:18
It is very interesting to see the talent that is "birthed" from the lowly State of Mississippi. There must be some fertile soil to nuture such an array of talent. Mississippi is a hidden gold mine that people need to investigate.
Written by jacqueline on 2006-10-11 09:35:03
Hi Oprah, you are so amasing person and inspiring person,when you came to Norway,Oslo for Nobel prize.my heat pumped so much that i was saaying oh MyGod!! "Miss Oprah can't be here"It was like a dream!!But final was true Hope you come back and vist Norway again
my hero
Written by Rebecca S on 2006-10-11 15:18:11
my class project is on a hero i am doing you oprah because u helped so many children in poverty and is an inspiration to all Rebecca
Written by Whitney McDowell- Mississippi on 2006-11-02 09:36:15
Oprah Winfrey has reached a place in here life that many African Americans are still trying to obtain. If we stick together one day we will all be able to have a story that everyone can be amazed by. Keep doing great things.
Written by Mera on 2007-02-14 16:21:38
For black history month we have to pick a black intelligent person and i picked oprah becasue not only is she intelligent but also inspirational.
Written by suham on 2007-02-15 14:16:20
we all thank you for helping the poor kids any time i herd the story a bout hungry kids hert my feeling i cry for all day ,we love you and god love love you also.
Written by KEISHA on 2007-02-27 18:48:55
Written by Dwayne L. Kelly on 2007-09-07 10:45:23
A great sucess story. Good job Oprah! Dwayne L. Kelly
my heroe project
Written by las comadres on 2007-09-19 15:19:56
i love u oprah you are the best
Written by MARCIA MILLER on 2007-06-19 15:20:57
A Woman Above All Women
Written by Ubendou Samuel Mbacham on 2007-09-29 08:37:51
" Mrs Oprah I Love U" You are Blessed. And may God continue to Bless U. I which to meet you. I'm Samuel From Cameroon.
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Written by adajhia 12yearsold on 2008-08-13 09:59:39
your wonderfull ms. winfrey
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Written by Guest on 2007-12-13 08:47:13
yeah you freaken rock
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