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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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..

13 dead in US rains, mudslide

    Updated On : Jan 10,2018   8:36 am
New York, Jan 10 (IANS) At least 13 persons are dead amid "waist-deep" mudslides in US' southern California, where heavy rains triggered flooding, an official said. View More..

White House: Trump would welcome Oprah's 2020 bid

    Updated On : Jan 09,2018   2:52 pm
Washington, Jan 9 (IANS) US President Donald Trump would welcome the chance to run against Oprah Winfrey in 2020 if she chooses to become a presidential candidate, the White House has said. View More..

Winfrey 'actively thinking' about running for US President

    Updated On : Jan 09,2018   1:20 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 9 (IANS) Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is reportedly "actively thinking" about running for US President. View More..

Change happens with collective voice: Dia Mirza

    Updated On : Jan 08,2018   6:14 pm
Mumbai, Jan 8 (IANS) Actress-activist Dia Mirza has lauded the 75th Golden Globe Awards ceremony for highlighting issues that matter to drive change. View More..

Golden Globes 2018 opposes sexual harassment, gender inequality (Roundup)

    Updated On : Jan 08,2018   3:04 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 8 (IANS) From an all-black dress code to the presentation of the awards to acceptance speeches, the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards was all about taking forward the issue of sexual misconduct in Hollywood, pitching for gender balance and expressing solidarity to the Times Up movement. View More..

'Big Little Lies', 'Three Billboards...' win big at 75th Golden Globes

    Updated On : Jan 08,2018   12:38 pm
Los Angeles, Jan 8 (IANS) "Big Little Lies" from the television world and "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" from the movie universe won four awards each at the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which saw Indian American actor-comedian Aziz Ansari make history for Asians. View More..

Oprah Winfrey makes rousing speech at Golden Globes

    Updated On : Jan 08,2018   10:38 am
Los Angeles, Jan 8 (IANS) As Oprah Winfrey became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille award at the 75th Golden Globe Awards here on Sunday, she called for -- in a powerful acceptance speech -- a world free of sexual abusers where nobody ever has to say 'Me too' again. View More..

Obama named most admired man in Gallup poll

    Updated On : Dec 29,2017   2:34 am
Washington, Dec 29 (IANS) Former US President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were named respectively the most admired man and woman in the new Gallup poll. View More..

I was casting icons in 'A Wrinkle...': Director

    Updated On : Dec 19,2017   3:34 pm
Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Director Ava DuVerrnay thought she was casting leaders and icons when she roped in Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Reese Witherspoon for her upcoming film "A Wrinkle in Time". View More..

Oprah Winfrey, Rob Lowe fear losing homes in LA wildfire

    Updated On : Dec 17,2017   7:38 pm
Los Angeles, Dec 17 (IANS) Chat show host Oprah Winfrey and actor Rob Lowe have expressed the fear that their homes and communities could be burnt in the deadly wildfire that has scorched the US state of California for nearly two weeks. View More..

Oprah Winfrey to receive 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award

    Updated On : Dec 14,2017   10:58 am
Los Angeles, Dec 14 (IANS) Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will be feted with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes. View More..