Oprah Winfrey

TV Show Host

Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States on January 29th, 1954 and is the TV Show Host. At the age of 70, Oprah Winfrey biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, movies, TV shows, and networth are available.

Other Names / Nick Names
Oprah Gail Winfrey, Oprah, O (Title of her world-famous magazine too), The Preacher, Lady O
Date of Birth
January 29, 1954
United States
Place of Birth
Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
70 years old
Zodiac Sign
$3.5 Billion
$300 Million
Actor, Autobiographer, Businessperson, Film Actor, Film Producer, Journalist, Motivational Speaker, Patron Of The Arts, Presenter, Reporter, Talk Show Host, Television Actor, Television Presenter, Television Producer, Voice Actor, Writer
Social Media
Oprah Winfrey Height, Weight, Eye Color and Hair Color

At 70 years old, Oprah Winfrey has this physical status:

Hair Color
Dark Brown
Eye Color
Dark Brown
41-32-40" or 104-81-102 cm
Oprah Winfrey Religion, Education, and Hobbies
Not Available
Lincoln High School, Nicolet High School, East Nashville High School, Tennessee State University
Oprah Winfrey Spouse(s), Children, Affair, Parents, and Family
Not Available
Canaan (b. 1968; d. 1968)
Dating / Affair
Anthony Otey, William ‘Bubba’ Taylor, John Tesh, Lloyd Kramer, Randolph Cook, Robert Ebert, Reginald Chevalier, Stedman Graham (1986-Present)
Vernon Winfrey, Vernita Lee
Patricia Lee Lloyd (Half-Sister), Patricia Lofton (Half-Sister), Jeffrey Lee (Half Brother)
Other Family
Elmore Winfrey (Paternal Grandfather), Beatrice Woods (Paternal Grandmother), Earless/Earlist/Erlisst Lee (Maternal Grandfather), Hatti Mae Lee (Maternal Grandmother)
Oprah Winfrey Life

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey, January 29, 1954) is an American media executive, actress, television presenter, and philanthropist.

She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired in Chicago and was the highest-rated television service of its kind in history, and lasted in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011.

She was dubbed the "Queen of All Media" by the 20th century's richest African American and North America's first black multi-billionaire, and she has been named the best black philanthropist in American history.

Winfrey was born in rural Mississippi as a child single mother and then raised in inner-city Milwaukee, and has been dubbed the world's most influential woman.

She has claimed that she was molested during her childhood and early teens, and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy.

Winfrey was eventually sent to live with her father, Vernon Winfrey, a barber in Tennessee, and then found a career in radio while still in high school.

She was a co-anchor for the local evening news by 19 years old.

Winfrey's often emotional, extemporaneous performances resulted in her transfer to the daytime talk show industry, and after boosting a third-rated Chicago talk show to first place, she founded her own production company and became internationally syndicated. Winfrey is recognized for inventing a more personal, confessional style of media communication pioneered by Phil Donahue, and has also influenced the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by him.

Winfrey debunks 20th-century taboogonies and welcomed LGBT people to the mainstream by television appearances.

Winfrey had refocused her display in 1994, 1994, when she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

Despite being chastised for launching a confession culture, advocating controversial self-help techniques, and taking an emotion-centered approach, she has also been praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.

In the razor close 2008 Democratic primary, Winfrey had also emerged as a political power in the 2008 presidential election, winning around one million votes to Barack Obama.

President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard awarded Winfrey the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), a girl from Oprah Winfrey Network, was born in 2008.

Early life

Orpah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954; her first name was spelled Orpah on her birth certificate, but people mispronounced it consistently, and "Oprah" stuck. She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to an unmarried teenage mother. Vernita Lee (1935–2018) was a housemaid. Vernon Winfrey (c. 1933–2022), a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who served in the Armed Forces when she was born, is usually credited to her biological father, Winfrey. However, Mississippi farmer and World War II soldier Noah Robinson Sr. (born c. 1925) has claimed to be her biological father. A genetic analysis in 2006 revealed that her matrilineal line originated from the Kpelle ethnic group, which is located in the area that today is Liberia. Her genetic makeup was found to be 89% Sub-Saharan African, 8% Native American, and 3% East Asian. However, the East Asian markers may not have been Native American, considering the imprecision of genetic analysis.

Winfrey's mother moved north, and Winfrey spent her first six years in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae (Presley) Lee (April 15, 1900 – February 27, 1963). Winfrey's grandmother was so poor that she wore potato sack dresses, for which other children mocked her. Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was dubbed "The Preacher" because of her ability to recite Bible verses. Winfrey's grandmother was reportedly abused as a child.

Winfrey and her mother, who was less helpful and encouraging than her grandmother, were mainly because of the long hours she spent as a maid, at age six. About this time, Lee had given birth to another daughter, Winfrey's younger half-sister, who died of causes related to cocaine use in February 2003 at the age of 43. Lee was having trouble raising both children by 1962, so Winfrey was temporarily sent to live with Vernon in Nashville, Tennessee. While Winfrey was in Nashville, Lee gave birth to a third child, who was put up for adoption in the hopes of reducing the financial hardships that had caused Lee's being on welfare, and was later identified as Patricia. Winfrey was unaware that she had a second half-sister before 2010. By the time Winfrey and her mother returned to her first child, Jeffrey Winfrey, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1989. She was baptized in a Baptist church at the age of 8.

Winfrey has stated that she was allegedly molested by her uncle, uncle, and a family friend, beginning when she was nine years old, something she first announced on an 1986 episode of her television show concerning sexual abuse. When Winfrey spoke about the suspected violence with family members at age 24, they reportedly refused to believe her account. Winfrey had previously stated that she had not chosen not to be a mother because she hadn't been raised properly. Winfrey ran away from home after suffering years of abuse. She became pregnant when she was 14 years old, but her son died soon after birth and died shortly after. Winfrey later reported that she was betrayed by the family friend who had told the story of her son to the National Enquirer in 1990.

Winfrey attended Lincoln High School in Milwaukee, but was pushed to the prestigious suburban Nicolet High School after early success in the Upward Bound program. As she rode the bus to school with fellow African-Americans, some of whom were servants of her classmates, she was continually reminded of her poverty. In an attempt to keep up with her free-spending peers, she started to rebel and rob money from her mother. As a result, her mother had to bring her daughter to Vernon in Nashville, Tennessee, but this time she did not take her back. Vernon was tough, but encouraging, and made her education a top priority. Winfrey, the nation's top student, has been named Most Popular Girl, and she has joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the country's dramatic interpretation.

Winfrey's first job as a teen was working at a local grocery store. Winfrey took home the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant at the age of 17. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, who had hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school and in her first two years of college. She had won an oratory competition that earned her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution where she studied communication. However, she did not complete her paper or receive her diploma until 1987, when she became a well-known television actress.

Winfrey's media career may not have surprised her grandmother, who once said that ever since Winfrey could talk, she would not have been on stage. On the fence of her family's house, she played games with her corncob doll and the crows. Winfrey later acknowledged her grandmother's clout, saying that it was Hattie Mae who had compelled her to speak out in public and "give me a positive sense of myself."

Personal life

In Montecito, California, Winfrey lives on "The Promised Land," her 42-acre (17-ha) property with ocean and mountain views. Winfrey is also a homeowner of Lavallette, New Jersey; an apartment in Fisher Island, Florida; and homes on Maui, Hawaii; Antigua; and Orcas Island, Washington State.

Winfrey's high school sweetheart Anthony Otey recalled an innocent courtship that started in Winfrey's senior year of high school, from which he saved hundreds of love notes; Winfrey treated herself with respect and was a model student. The two discussed getting married, but Otey said that Winfrey was always aware that he was headed for a much bigger life than he could ever provide. On Valentine's Day of her senior year, she broke up with him.

Winfrey met William "Bubba" Taylor at Tennessee State University in 1971, only months after breaking up with Otey. Taylor was "the first to die for love in the world," CBS journalist George Mair said. Winfrey contributed to Taylor's appointment at WVOL, but Mair said, "did everything to keep him safe," she said, including literally begging him on her knees to stay with her." Taylor, on the other hand, was unable to leave Winfrey when she moved to Baltimore to work at WJZ-TV in June 1976. Winfrey would later recall, "We really did care for each other." "We shared a deep love." "I will never forget" is a word I will never forget.

Winfrey had a romantic affair with John Tesh in the 1970s. Tesh ended with Winfrey due to the pressures of an interracial union, according to biographer Kitty Kelley.

Winfrey's management chastised her for clinging on air when reporting tragedies and looking unhappy with her physical appearance (especially when her hair fell out as a result of a poor perm), and Winfrey turned to reporter Lloyd Kramer for support. "Lloyd was just the best," Winfrey would recall later.

"That man loved me even when I was bald!

He was a natural performer. He stayed with me through the whole demoralizing process. That guy was the most fun romance I've ever had."

Winfrey had a love affair with a married man who had no intention of leaving his wife, according to Mair. "I'd been in a four-year friendship with a man," Winfrey's recall says. I wasn't living with him. I'd never lived with anyone, and I was sure I was worthless without him. The more he rejected me, the more I wanted him. I was depleted and powerless. "I was on the ground on my knees groveling and pleading with him at the end." Winfrey became so ill that she wrote a suicide note to best friend Gayle King on September 8, 1981, urging the King to water her plants. Winfrey's comment about the suicide note had been much overplayed," Ms. magazine reported. "I couldn't kill myself." I'd be afraid that if I did it, something really good would happen and I'd miss it."

Winfrey's emotional turmoil evolved into a weight problem: "The reason I gained so much weight in the first place and the explanation that I had such a poor history of intimate relationships with men was because I didn't need approval so much." Since I didn't like myself so much, I needed everyone to like me. So, I'd end up telling them how selfish I was, and I'd say, 'Oh thank you, you're so right,' and be grateful to them. Because I had no idea that I deserved anything else. Which is also why I gained so much weight later on. "It's the most effective way to shield myself from the world's disapproval."

Winfrey confessed to smoking crack cocaine with a man she was intimately involved with during the same period. "I never thought that the drug itself was not the issue, but that I was addicted to the man," she explained on her show. "I can't think of anything I wouldn't have done for him," she said.

Winfrey was reportedly involved in a second heroin-related love affair. Randolph Cook, a self-proclaimed former boyfriend, said they lived together for many months in 1985 and did drugs. Cook sued Winfrey for $20 million for allegedly blocking a tell-all book revealing their suspected romance in 1997.

Winfrey briefly dated movie critic Roger Ebert, who she credited with her recommendation to have her show syndicated in the mid-1980s.

Haitian filmmaker Reginald Chevalier claims he appeared on a look-alike segment and launched a friendship with Winfrey that involved romantic evenings at home, candlelit baths, and dinners with Michael Jordan and Danny Glover in 1985, before Winfrey's Chicago talk show had gone national. Winfrey and Chevalier broke up after she met Stedman Graham, according to Chevalier.

Winfrey and her partner, Stedman Graham, have been together since 1986. They were supposed to marry in November 1992, but they were unable to attend the wedding.

Gayle King, Winfrey's best friend since the early twenties, is a tweenie. King was once the host of The Gayle King Show and is now an editor of O. the Oprah Magazine. Winfrey and King have been the object of persistent rumors that they were gay since 1997, when Winfrey played the therapist on an episode of Ellen DeGeneres in which Ellen DeGeneres came out of the closet. In the O magazine's August 2006 issue, Winfrey writes, "I understand why people think we're gay." "There isn't a word in our culture for this sort of relationship between women." I'm sure why people have to identify it; how can you be this close without it being sexual? "I've told almost every thing there is to tell." All of my stuff is out there. People claim I'd be so ashamed of being gay that I wouldn't admit it. "Please, please."

Since meeting in Baltimore, Winfrey has had a long friendship with Maria Shriver. Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, mentor, and close friend; she referred to Angelou as her "mother-sister-friend." Angelou and 150 guests attended Angelou's 70th birthday in 1998, and in 2008, she held "an extravagant 80th birthday party" at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.

Winfrey, who was born in rural poverty and raised by a mother in a poor urban neighborhood, became a millionaire at the age of 32 when her talk show attracted national syndication. Winfrey won the television show's rights and founded her own production company. Winfrey had a net worth of $340 million as the first African American on Forbes, and had replaced Bill Cosby as the only African American on the Forbes 400. Winfrey is said to have been the richest African American of the twentieth century by 2000, despite a net worth of $800 million. The University of Illinois has developed a course focusing on Winfrey's business acumen, namely "History 298: Oprah Winfrey, the Tycoon." In 2006, Winfrey became the highest-paid television entertainer in the United States, earning an estimated $260 million, five times more than second-place music executive Simon Cowell's. Her yearly income had risen to $275 million by 2008, according to her.

Winfrey has been named as the world's most influential black billionaire from 2004 to 2006, according to Forbes' list of the world's Top Billionaires, and as the first black woman billionaire in the world, which was unveiled in 2003. Winfrey had a net worth in excess of 2.9 billion dollars as of 2014, and had overtaken former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as the nation's richest self-made woman.

Oprah was born a Baptist. She'd be speaking at local, mainly African American congregations of the Southern Baptist Convention who were often deeply religious and well versed with such topics as evangelical Protestantism, the Black church, and being born-again in her early years.

"I have church with myself: I have church with myself: I have church walking down the street." I believe in the God power that lives inside each of us, and once you tap into it, you can do anything." "Doubt means don't," she said. If you don't know what to do, do nothing before you know what to do. Because the doubt is your inner voice or the voice of God, or whoever you want to call it. It's your guts that are trying to tell you that something is wrong. That's how I've been led spiritually because that's your spiritual voice to you, 'let's think about it.' So if you don't know what to do, do nothing."

Oprah has said that she is a Christian, and Acts 17:28 is her favorite Bible verse.

The Potter's House Church in Dallas, an Evangelical church, is attended by Oprah.


Ex-Harry and Meghan aide Samantha 'the Panther' Cohen says palace staff struggled to find her successor as private secretary - and would-be replacement quit while 'being shown the ropes' on tour to Africa

www.dailymail.co.uk, April 16, 2024
Samantha Cohen (left, at Harry and Meghan's wedding and bottom right with the Queen and Meghan in 2018) served as Queen Elizabeth's press secretary for 17 years and then as her assistant and private secretary. She stepped away from working for the Royal household in 2019 after a stint as the private secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex - a job she took on at the request of the Queen. Ms Cohen resigned after being 'treated harshly' and likening the job to 'working with teenagers', according to historian Valentine Low in his book Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown. In an interview with Australian outlet the Herald Sun , she claimed that she stayed in her role three times as long as she had originally planned because officials struggled to find a replacement for her. When a new private secretary was found, they quit during Harry and Meghan's tour of Africa (top right) in 2019, Ms Cohen claimed. She said: 'I was only supposed to stay for six months but stayed for 18 - we couldn't find a replacement for me and when we did we took them on tour to Africa with Harry and Meghan to show them the ropes but they left as well while in Africa.'

Brooke Shields dons a colorful jumpsuit in NYC... after telling Oprah Winfrey her alcoholic mother turned her into a 'people pleaser'

www.dailymail.co.uk, April 15, 2024
Brooke Shields was spotted cutting a stylish figure as she frolicked around New York City with a friends after sitting down with Oprah Winfrey on Monday. The 58-year-old actress donned a coral jumpsuit and tan shoes as she went braless during the outing. She paired the look with a Louis Vuitton purse that she threw over her shoulder, as well as gold bracelets and silver earrings.

Plus size travel influencer Jaelynn Chaney blasts Ozempic in sponsored post, as she urges people harmed by weight-loss drug to sue: Previously demanded free seats for overweight flyers

www.dailymail.co.uk, April 13, 2024
Chaney, who found viral fame in her appeal for obese passengers to receive free airlines seats, urged her followers to launch lawsuits against the weight loss drug Ozempic. Chaney took to TikTok to hit out at the drug in a sponsored post, where she criticized it for being fueled by 'marketing campaigns and celebrity endorsements.' 'It was originally developed to manage diabetes , but has since become a go-to solution for intentional weight loss,' she said, claiming that anyone who has suffered side effects may be entitled to financial compensation.

Katherine Schwarzenegger Celebrates Her Bridal Shower In Style -- With Oprah Winfrey In Attendance!

perezhilton.com, April 28, 2019
Katherine Schwarzenegger celebrated her upcoming nuptials in style with soon-to-be husband Chris Pratt by her side… and a whole lot of loved ones and celebs celebrating her love, too!The bride-to-be held her shower at mother Maria Shriver‘s home on Saturday in California, and there were plenty of celeb guests who showed up to offer their well-wishes — and bring gifts for the 29-year-old bride — including Oprah Winfrey!Winfrey, of course, is a long time friend of Shriver, and so she wouldn’t miss the occasion of her daughter’s bridal shower for the world, showing up on Saturday smiling ear-to-ear with a gift in tow!Related: Chris Pratt & Anna Faris Still Want To Spend Holidays Together… But it wasn’t even Oprah that stole the show on Saturday… it was Chris!After Schwarzenegger and many others made heartfelt speeches during the event on Saturday in front of emotional and loving onlookers, Pratt stepped up and surprised everybody, making his appearance a memorable one in the eyes of his young love!According to a source who was at the event and spoke to People about it afterwards, Katherine was ALL about Chris’ surprise arrival and brief little speech (below): As Chris arrived, "Katherine lit up." He also gave a sweet toast. They were adorable together, and he wanted her to get all the attention."

Reese Witherspoon says she once fought in an "abusive relationship" with Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling

perezhilton.com, February 6, 2018
If there is one piece of advice, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. What made Reese Witherspoon, who plays Mrs. Whatsit in the forthcoming Disney Timespace project, proud to give similar tips back in the Glamour's Women of the Year awards: be "ambitious." It was whether she believed it or not when she left an intimate relationship. Encounter On Producer's Plane Natalie Portman recalls 'Unacceptable' Encounter on Producer's Plane The Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling co-produced an article in which the trio discussed the importance of the Time's Up initiative for women in various industries. Reese was surprisingly forthcoming when the Big O asked her Wrinkle In Time costars how they were molded into the people they are today. After Winfrey asked the most difficult decision the actresses had to make “to fulfill [their] destiny,” the Cruel Intentions actress admitted: I think I'm probably ending an intimate one with the sand, and it got crossed, and my brain just changed, as it was mine. I couldn't go any further. I was a youth at the time, and it was transformative."
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