Winfrey, the once and future "Queen of Daytime" was born
1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and began working in local radio
while still in school.
and engaging, Winfrey attended Tennessee State University in 1971
to study speech and performing arts, and the following year entered
and won the Miss Black Tennessee contest.
At 19, she
became the youngest person - and the first African-American woman
- to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She later co-anchored
for Baltimore's WJZ-TV six o'clock news before co-hosting their
local talk show, People Are Talking.
first foray into hosting/producing came in 1986, with a solid
hit on Chicago's WLS-TV's The Oprah Winfrey Show that went
on to become the highest-rated talk show in TV history with a
weekly audience of 26 million.
her appearances to the small screen, Winfrey later starred in
the Steven Spielberg blockbuster The
Color Purple in 1985 and in the less successful Beloved
translated that popularity into a multi-million dollar empire and
her own production studio, along with inclusion into the upper
reaches of influence as one of America's wealthiest people.
talk show continued to be broadcast in 112 countries and remained
the most popular on the planet until 2011 when Winfrey announced plans to jump to cable on her own network, OWN.
in the News
in 2006, Winfrey's credibility was called into question over a
scandal in which she publicly praised James Frey's memoir, "A
Million Little Pieces." a story of drug abuse and recovery
that became one of the best-selling books of 2005 after Winfrey
named it to her book club. The
memoir was later revealed to be "riddled with lies." (Later, Winfrey later confronted
Frey on the issue in a famous live telecast in which the author
2007, Winfrey returned to her radio station roots by signing
a three-year, $55 million agreement with XM
Satellite Radio to establish a new radio channel, Oprah Radio featuring health &
fitness topics and include a weekly radio show hosted by Winfrey
and friend Gayle
media empire also includes her own cable network, OWN, with which the daytime mega-star has struggled to grow a viewership since she retired the Oprah Winfrey show in 2011.
screen, Winfrey threw her considerable resources behind the 2008
and 2012 presidential campaigns of Barack
Obama, and stumped for the African-American
candidate on the campaign trail.
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Oprah.com - The latest TV schedule and previews, inspirational stories and feature articles, online forums and more.
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audio clips, interviews, quotes and trivia, including an extensive
photo gallery chronicling her life and career.