Oprah Winfrey

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  • Name: Oprah Winfrey ( Oprah Gail Winfrey )
  • Date of birth: 29 January 1954
  • Age: 62 years
  • Place of birth: Kosciusko, USA
  • Height: 169
  • Activities: actress, TV presenter
  • Marital status: civil marriage

    Oprah Winfrey: biography

    Her real name is Orpah, after the biblical heroine. But the midwife, who took delivery on January 29 1954 at her mother, confused one letter: so Orpah became Oprah. Leading itself refutes the story and says that she changed the name because friends were hard to pronounce. Anyway, it is not only the owner of a rare name, but also the most popular TV presenter in the world.

    Mother gave birth to Her at 18 years old, his father was serving in the army far from home. They weren’t married. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, the mother went to Milwaukee and got a job as a maid. The girl stayed with grandma: later, Oprah says that the grandmother was her only mother. Six years of celebrity has been in the country. She was not yet three years old when my grandmother began to teach her to read and write. The lessons the presenter considers it a precious gift. My grandmother raised her granddaughter in severity, for disobedience were punished with a rod. Kindergarten Oprah immediately went to first grade and from first grade to third.

    In 6 years the mother took Oprah in a Milwaukee ghetto. This period of his life, the star recalls how heavy. To dispel melancholy, the girl began competing in poetry contests. When Oprah Winfrey was 8 years old, his father invited her to his. The girl stole money from his mother and ran away, but his father lived for a year, then came back.

    At age 9 she was raped by a cousin: the girl himself suffered a tragedy. Poverty and humiliation is not the best way affected the morale of Oprah. In 12 years she went back to school, but a year later, unable to bear the humiliation, ran away from the ghetto.

    The angry mother refused her daughter – Oprah Winfrey came to the shelter for troubled Teens, but the father took the daughter to his. At 14 she became pregnant, the baby died shortly after birth.

    Oprah’s father was a strict man, he forced the daughter to resume training. Especially diligent girl was engaged in oratory skills. At 16 she won the contest and got the chance to go to the University of Tennessee. There, Oprah Winfrey studied public relations: judging by his future career, the years of training were not in vain.


    Her career in television began in 1971 with the contest «Miss Black America». After him, Oprah was offered a job at CBS. She was the first black employee, helped commentator of the news. The girl was too sentimental for this kind of work, tornadoes or earthquakes, she spoke in a trembling voice. Nine months later she was fired from the channel.

    In 1976, Oprah Winfrey started working on the channel WJZ-TV, first as a newsreader, then hosting a morning show. The ratings of the channel went up. Then the Definition was offered the job of leading the show, whose rating was in the last row. She agreed and signed the contract. A month later, the program beat the record for hits.

    In 1985 Oprah offered to star in the film «the Color purple». The actress brought her two prestigious awards»Golden globe» and «Oscar»). The following year, she starred in the film «Native son» where he played the main character’s mother. Then there were still a few series, but the project of her life became «the Oprah Winfrey Show». The show not only glorified the leading in the whole world, but did the richest woman.

    «Oprah, Winfi» was released in 1986 and was broadcast in 138 cities. In the first two years the profits from the project exceeded $ 125 million. Oprah became the highest paid TV presenter. In 1993, the show was recognized as the most popular in America and was broadcast in 64 countries. Her guests were famous politicians, businessmen, actors, musicians. During the existence of the project was filmed almost 5 thousand episodes.

    The authoritative American magazine TV Guide included «the Oprah Winfrey Show» in the TOP-50 major programs of America. The project lasted until 2011, and then Oprah Winfrey decided to close it. She came to grips with their own channel OWN Affairs and media company engaged in the production of television projects and documentaries.

    Oprah has own magazine and restaurant «Eccentric» in Chicago. She is actively involved in charity work.

    Heroes gear Oprah Winfrey and her colleagues say that she has a unique gift to feel the interlocutor and to get on his wavelength. Leading does not hide emotions, her hypersensitivity is a professional Oprah what distinguishes it from thousand of television presenters.

    Personal life

    More than twenty years, Oprah Winfrey lives in a civil marriage with Steadman Graham. Got no kids – after an early pregnancy that ended in tragedy, the presenter is no longer able to have them.

    A few years ago, the media published a sensation of «secret son» Oprah Winfrey — Calvin Mitchell. But the leading dispelled the rumors, she told that in the ‘ 90s helped Calvin and his mother to move to a normal apartment, find a job, and the boy gave in a private school.

    Leading says that girls from school, which she established, and her daughter. She wants to live in a College town, after retirement, to teach Economics and to be with my girls.

    She also loves animals. Now she has two Cocker Spaniel, and before that the family lived retrievers.


    • «Selma»
    • «Greenleaf»
    • «The Butler»
    • «Native son»
    • «The color purple»
    • «Bi Muvi: Honey plot»
    • «Favorite»


    Oprah Winfrey

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