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 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..

Weinstein was 'paternal' towards Jennifer

    Updated On : Dec 07,2017   12:58 pm
Los Angeles, Dec 7 (IANS) Actress Jennifer Lawrence says Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of rape and sexual harassment, was paternal towards her and that she never knew he was a rapist. View More..

Mariah Carey performs with her family

    Updated On : Dec 07,2017   1:56 am
New York, Dec 7 (IANS) Singer Mariah Carey made her final "All I Want For Christmas Is You" concert a family affair. View More..

Fashion not limited to runway, red carpet: Designer Prabal Gurung

    Updated On : Dec 05,2017   4:22 pm
Abu Dhabi, Dec 5 (IANS) New York-based Nepalese designer Prabal Gurung, who has designed the uniform for the Grid Girls for Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, says fashion is not restricted to the red carpet or the runway anymore. View More..

Biden doesn't rule out 2020 presidential run

    Updated On : Nov 13,2017   10:30 am
Washington, Nov 13 (IANS) Former US Vice President Joe Biden said that he was not actively planning a run for president in 2020, but he also did not rule it out, the media reported. View More..

Priyanka honoured to be in 'The World's Most Powerful Women' list

    Updated On : Nov 03,2017   10:32 am
New York, Nov 3 (IANS) Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra, who has been named among the world's most powerful women in Forbes magazine's 2017 list, says she feels honoured. View More..

I'm having a girl: Mindy Kaling

    Updated On : Oct 14,2017   2:24 pm
Los Angeles, Oct 14 (IANS) Actress-writer Mindy Kaling says she's expecting a girl. View More..

Oprah Winfrey takes on Trump-era political divide in a show

    Updated On : Sep 25,2017   12:32 pm
Los Angeles, Sep 25 (IANS) Popular host Oprah Winfrey assembled a group of voters to examine the US' political and cultural divide on the show "60 Minutes" for a channel. View More..

Alec Baldwin bags Emmy for Trump impersonation

    Updated On : Sep 18,2017   8:00 am
Los Angeles, Sep 18 (IANS) Actor Alec Baldwin walked away with the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series trophy at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards here for his portrayal of US President Donald Trump on "Saturday Night Live". View More..

Baldwin, Winfrey to present Emmy Awards

    Updated On : Sep 07,2017   1:20 pm
Los Angeles, Sep 7 (IANS) Celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Alec Baldwin, apart from "The Big Sick" actor Kumail Nanjiani are among those who will present trophies at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on September 17, the Television Academy has announced. View More..

Trump is 'emotionally unstable innovator': Study

    Updated On : Jul 30,2017   4:38 pm
Canberra, July 30 (IANS) A study led by Queensland University of Technology analysed the tweets of successful industry and world leaders and found that US President Donald Trump is an 'emotionally unstable innovator'. View More..

Jack Kirby to be named Disney Legend

    Updated On : Jun 18,2017   12:54 pm
Los Angeles, June 18 (IANS) Late comic book writer and artist Jack Kirby, co-creator of "Captain America", "Fantastic Four", "Avengers", "Hulk", "Iron Man" and "Black Panther", will be named a Disney Legend at the D23 Expo 2017. View More..

I'll never run for public office: Oprah Winfrey

    Updated On : Jun 13,2017   3:18 pm
Los Angeles, June 13 (IANS) Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey says she will never think about a Presidential run. View More..

Foxx stopped partying courtesy Winfrey

    Updated On : May 26,2017   4:16 am
Los Angeles, May 26 (IANS) Actor Jamie Foxx says he stopped partying after talk show queen Oprah Winfrey staged an intervention and warned him it could ruin his career. View More..

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..