Oprah Winfrey Biography

Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi) is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the United States. She is currently involved in many business ventures, but is most identified with her massively popular and eponymous talk show.

She is currently ranked as the most powerful celebrity by Forbes magazine, as well as the ninth most powerful woman in the world. Oprah Winfrey is believed to be worth over $1.3 billion according to the 2005 Forbes Magazine Issue. She currently lives on "The Promised Land", her 42 acre ocean view estate in Montecito, California, outside of Santa Barbara.

Winfrey was born to an extremely poor Baptist family. Winfrey began her career in media at age 17. She was both the youngest news anchor and the first black female news anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV. In 1983, Winfrey took over as host of WLS-TV's low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago.

The show was so successful with Winfrey as host that it was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, expanded to an hour. Originally, the show followed traditional talk show formats. By the mid 1990s, however, the format became more serious, addressing issues that Winfrey thought were of direct importance and of crucial consequence to women.

Winfrey began to do a lot of charity work, and her show featured people suffering from poverty or the victims of unfortunate accidents. In 1985, Winfrey co-starred in Steven Spielberg's epic adaptation of Alice Walker's award-winning novel The Color Purple. She earned immediate acclaim as Sofia, the distraught housewife. The following year Winfrey was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.



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Prince Harry, Meghan marry at Windsor Castle

    Updated On : May 19,2018   8:34 pm
London, May 19 (IANS) Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, and US actress Meghan Markle sealed their wedding vows with a kiss outside Windsor Castle's St. George's Chapel on Saturday, cheered on by thousands of delighted crowds. View More..

Prince Harry, Meghan marry at Windsor Castle

    Updated On : May 19,2018   7:10 pm
London, May 19 (IANS) Prince Harry, sixth in line to the British throne, married US actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle on Saturday. View More..

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle marry at Windsor Castle

    Updated On : May 19,2018   5:24 pm
London, May 19 (IANS) Prince Harry married US actress Meghan Markle in a ceremony at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle here on Saturday. View More..

Bollywood marketing caught in a 70-year time warp (Comment)

    Updated On : May 19,2018   1:44 pm
It is well known that in spite of producing the largest number of films in the world the health of the industry is not very sound. With a success rate of a mere 10 per cent, there is no way the business can hope to thrive or even rise to its full potential. View More..

Robert De Niro to be honoured at Carousel of Hope Ball

    Updated On : May 17,2018   1:40 pm
Los Angeles, May 17 (IANS) Veteran actor Robert De Niro will be honoured at the Carousel of Hope Ball's 40th anniversary gala on October 6. View More..

Winfrey has smoked a little marijuana, says Gayle King

    Updated On : May 13,2018   6:14 pm
Los Angeles, May 13 (IANS) TV and entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey occasionally enjoys smoking marijuana, says her best friend and American television personality Gayle King. View More..

Markle's mother to discuss racial abuse

    Updated On : May 06,2018   1:12 pm
Los Angeles, May 6 (IANS) Actress Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland is ready to tell the world about the racial abuse her family has suffered since her daughters engagement to Prince Harry. View More..

Barack Obama, Oprah attend Tom Hanks' anniversary party

    Updated On : Apr 30,2018   12:22 pm
Los Angeles, April 30 (IANS) Veteran actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson's 30th wedding anniversary party was attended by not only A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, but also by former US president Barack Obama. View More..

Lost my virginity through rape: Amy Schumer

    Updated On : Apr 27,2018   12:12 pm
Los Angeles, April 27 (IANS) Hollywood actress Amy Schumer has revealed that she lost her virginity through a date rape by her then boyfriend. View More..

Los Angeles: City of the stars ... and the homeless

    Updated On : Apr 16,2018   7:24 am
Los Angeles, April 16 (IANS) Los Angeles is the world's entertainment capital, as is evident at world-famous, red-carpet ceremonies like the Oscars, Emmys and the Grammys. But it also has another, unglamorous aspect that rarely receives attention in the media -- a skyrocketing homeless population. View More..

Kangana believes in Gandhian philosophy

    Updated On : Mar 31,2018   3:16 pm
Mumbai, March 31 (IANS) National Award-winning actress Kangana Ranaut, who will soon represent India on an international platform, says she is inspired by Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy. View More..

Saudi Crown Prince to meet Oprah Winfrey in US: Report

    Updated On : Mar 28,2018   8:50 pm
Washington, March 28 (IANS) Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud is likely to meet US media mogul Oprah Winfrey as part of his ongoing tour in the US, leaked documents have shown. View More..

Kimmel says political opinions cost him commercially

    Updated On : Mar 13,2018   2:20 pm
Los Angeles, March 13 (IANS) TV show host Jimmy Kimmel says political monologues have cost him commercially. View More..

Trump holds rally in Pennsylvania for Republican candidate

    Updated On : Mar 11,2018   9:22 am
Washington, March 11 (IANS) US President Donald Trump held a rally in Pennsylvania to bolster support for state Representative Rick Saccone who will contest in Tuesday's special congressional election to secure a House seat, the media reported. View More..

Beauty looks inspired by powerful women

    Updated On : Mar 07,2018   4:14 pm
New Delhi, March 7 (IANS) Women in positions of power and prominence have always attracted a fan base trying to emulate their style. Experts have decoded three beauty looks sported by Oprah Winfrey, Priyanka Chopra and Michelle Obama ahead of International Women's Day. View More..

Even Winfrey has to spell her name at coffee shops

    Updated On : Mar 01,2018   6:56 am
Los Angeles, March 1 (IANS) TV and entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey says she once had to spell her name at a popular coffee shop. View More..

Gucci donates $500,000 to suppport anti-gun violence rally

    Updated On : Feb 27,2018   1:18 pm
Rome, Feb 27 (IANS) Italian fashion house Gucci has joined celebrities Oprah Winfrey, George and Amal Clooney, Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg in support of the gun-violence protest in the US by donating half a million dollars. View More..

Witherspoon praises 'A Wrinkle In Time' for diversity

    Updated On : Feb 24,2018   2:50 pm
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Actress Reese Witherspoon has praised "A Wrinkle In Time" director Ava DuVernay for representing different kinds of women within her movie. View More..

DeGeneres takes on Trump for attacking Winfrey

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   8:18 pm
Los Angeles, Feb 23 (IANS) Celebrity TV host Ellen DeGeneres called out US President Donald Trump, following his attack on TV and entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey in a tweet. View More..

I want to be global icon: Alankrita Sahai

    Updated On : Feb 23,2018   8:02 am
Mumbai, Feb 23 (IANS) Alankrita Sahai has made her debut with "Love Per Square Foot", and says she wants to be a global icon for all the women. View More..