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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Oprah Winfrey News

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..

Winfrey, Clooneys donate $1 mn against gun violence in US

    Updated On : Feb 21,2018   12:28 pm
Los Angles, Feb 21 (IANS) TV and entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey pledged to match actor George Clooney and his wife Amal in donating half a million dollars to students organising protests against gun violence in the US. View More..

Trump slams Oprah, challenges her for 2020 run

    Updated On : Feb 19,2018   3:54 pm
Washington, Feb 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has slammed Oprah Winfrey as "very insecure", saying he hopes to see her run for President in 2020 so "she can be exposed and defeated". View More..

Oprah Winfrey not interested in presidential run

    Updated On : Jan 26,2018   6:18 am
Washington, Jan 26 (IANS) TV and entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey has told a US magazine that she's not interested in running for president in 2020, saying that she does not have the DNA for the bid. View More..

Toll in California mudslides rises to 20

    Updated On : Jan 15,2018   8:40 am
Los Angeles, Jan 15 (IANS) The death toll in the flooding and landslide that last week hit Montecito, California - northwest of Los Angeles - rose to 20 on Sunday, with four people remaining missing, authorities said. View More..

Seal slams Oprah Winfrey

    Updated On : Jan 11,2018   3:08 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 11 (IANS) Singer Seal has lashed out at media mogul Oprah Winfrey following her inspirational Golden Globes speech, claiming she knew about the rumours surrounding Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein but did nothing. View More..

DeGeneres, Winfrey share emotions on mudslides in neighbourhood

    Updated On : Jan 11,2018   2:44 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 11 (IANS) Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres struggled to hold back tears as she face-timed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to discuss the Montecito mudslides that have brought deadly destruction to their neighbourhood in Santa Barbara County, California. View More..

DeGeneres, Winfrey share emotions mudslides in neighbourhood

    Updated On : Jan 11,2018   1:38 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 11 (IANS) Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres struggled to hold back tears as she face-timed with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to discuss the Montecito mudslides that have brought deadly destruction to their neighbourhood in Santa Barbara County, California. View More..

Death toll in California mudslides rises to 17

    Updated On : Jan 11,2018   9:38 am
Los Angeles, Jan 11 (IANS) The number of confirmed deaths from flooding and mudslides in California stands at 17, with US authorities stepping up their search for at least 20 missing persons. View More..

Jason Isaacs not sorry about calling Ivanka Trump 'brainless barbie'

    Updated On : Jan 11,2018   8:46 am
Los Angeles, Jan 11 (IANS) Actor Jason Isaacs has refused to apologise for calling US President Donald Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump a "brainless barbie". View More..