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

Rose Byrne's 'surreal' moment with Oprah Winfrey

    Updated On : Apr 20,2017   5:22 am
Los Angeles, April 20 (IANS) Actress Rose Byrne says shooting with talk show queen Oprah Winfrey for new TV series "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" was a "surreal" moment for her. View More..

Oprah got years of therapy during her talk show

    Updated On : Apr 13,2017   2:42 am
Los Angeles, April 13 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey says "The Oprah Winfrey Show" was her greatest therapy. View More..

Kate Hudson inspired by Oprah Winfrey

    Updated On : Apr 07,2017   2:42 am
Los Angeles, April 7 (IANS) Actress Kate Hudson finds media mogul Oprah Winfrey inspiring when it comes to body positivity. View More..

Oprah Winfrey loses over 20 kg

    Updated On : Mar 11,2017   1:36 am
Los Angeles, March 11 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey says she has lost over 20 kg, and is loving it. View More..

I wouldn't have been a good mom: Oprah

    Updated On : Feb 25,2017   8:02 am
Los Angeles, Feb 25 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey believes she "wouldn't have been a good" mother. View More..

Hollywood pays tribute to Mary Tyler Moore

    Updated On : Jan 26,2017   11:48 am
Los Angeles, Jan 26 (IANS) Hollywood celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Michael Keaton, Ellen DeGeneres and Viola Davis paid tributes to US actress and television icon Mary Tyler Moore, who died at age 80. View More..

There's visible evolution in Indian fashion: Tarun Tahiliani

    Updated On : Jan 20,2017   2:50 pm
New Delhi, Jan 20 (IANS) Veteran fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani, who has been in the industry for over two decades, says there's a definite evolution in the sense of style among people, given their increasing exposure. View More..

'Trump to bring his signature extravagant style to White House kitchen'

    Updated On : Jan 17,2017   7:14 pm
Washington, Jan 17 (IANS) Despite owning more than a dozen luxury restaurants, Donald Trump is not that interested in food. His culinary tastes are known to range from KFC and taco bowls to well-done steaks. View More..

Travolta advised by Tom Hanks to accept role

    Updated On : Nov 29,2016   2:14 pm
Los Angeles, Nov 29 (IANS) Actor John Travolta was told to accept the role in "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson" by filmmaker Steven Spielberg and actor Tom Hanks. View More..

Priyanka Chopra joins LinkedIn

    Updated On : Nov 07,2016   2:16 pm
Mumbai, Nov 7 (IANS) Actress Priyanka Chopra has joined professional networking website LinkedIn as a LinkedIn Influencer. View More..

Oprah Winfrey to release cookbook

    Updated On : Oct 29,2016   4:16 am
Los Angeles, Oct 29 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey is releasing a cookbook, titled "Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life". View More..

Socialite, philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej dead

    Updated On : Oct 11,2016   7:46 pm
Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) Well known Indian socialite and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej, wife of Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej, passed away in a private hospital here. View More..

Socialite, philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej dead

    Updated On : Oct 11,2016   12:56 pm
Mumbai, Oct 11 (IANS) Well-known Indian socialite and philanthropist Parmeshwar Godrej, wife of Godrej Group Chairman Adi Godrej, passed away here on Monday night, official sources said on Tuesday. View More..

Pharrell Williams's wife expecting second child

    Updated On : Sep 24,2016   4:04 pm
Los Angeles, Sep 24 (IANS) Rapper Pharrell Williams's wife Helen Lasichanh is expecting their second child. View More..

Storm Reid to play lead in 'A Wrinkle in Time'

    Updated On : Sep 14,2016   4:08 pm
Los Angeles, Sep 14 (IANS) Actress Storm Reid, who made her film debut in the Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave", has been roped in to play the lead in the Disney film "A Wrinkle in Time". View More..

I want to play a warrior: Tabu

    Updated On : Aug 29,2016   8:02 pm
Thimphu, Aug 29 (IANS) Actor Tabu, who got rave reviews for movies like "Fitoor", "Drishyam" and "Maqbool" says she wants to essay the role of a warrior. Speaking at a packed session at the seventh edition of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival here, the actor, known for her powerhouse performances, said that she can do justice to such a role. View More..

Indian-origin tech mogul sentenced to jail for domestic violence

    Updated On : Aug 13,2016   6:18 pm
San Francisco, Aug 13 (IANS) A San Francisco judge has sentenced former technology mogul Gurbaksh Chahal to one year in jail for violating his probation in a 2014 domestic violence case. View More..

No regrets about quitting talk show: Oprah Winfrey

    Updated On : Jul 06,2016   6:26 am
Los Angeles, July 6 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey says she quit her talk show "The Oprah Winfrey Show" at the "right moment". View More..

Oprah Winfrey supports Clinton

    Updated On : Jun 17,2016   6:52 pm
Los Angeles, June 17 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey has endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. She sent out a clear message to presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump: "I'm with her". View More..

Black actors dominate Tony Awards winners' list

    Updated On : Jun 13,2016   6:52 pm
New York, June 13 (IANS) Actors of colour won big at the Tony Awards, a counterpoint to the controversy that surrounded the 88th Academy Awards, which nominated zero non-white stars earlier this year. View More..