Oprah Winfrey

Noteworthy Quotes:

"I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it."
(O Magazine)

"Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power."
"You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more."


A little background...

Every one knows the name Oprah Winfrey. If any of you out there don't, then I'm not sure what kind of rock you've been living under. She is the first African American to become worth over a billion dollars, was ranked as one of the 100 most influential people of the twentieth century, and is the host of one of the most viewed talk shows in television history. Her charitable contributions to various countries, cities, and souls have awarded her the honor of possessing the very first Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the Emmy Awards. The list doesn't stop there either. She came from a a background that makes her successes even that much grander than what they already are. Her incredible story and courageous advice has served as motivation for women of all types for almost twenty-five years. Oprah Winfrey's something to talk about. (Garson, H. 2004)


Full name: Oprah Gail Winfrey
Place of birth: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Height/weight: 5'6.5"/200 lbs.Obama-Oprah.jpg
Spouse: none
Children: none

Personal Life:

You know you're somebody special when you know the president and can look this comfortable with him. Oprah Winfrey surely is special, ecspecially considering her confusing childhood. Oprah was born on January 29, 1954 to her unmarried parents Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey. She was taught to read at age three. For a good portion of her childhood she lived with her grandmother on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi. When she was around the age of thirteen, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to live with her mother. While in Milwaukee, she was sexually abused multiple times by her male relatives. Oprah started getting into trouble in her younger teenage years, and her mother sent her to live with her dad in Nashville, Tennessee. (McConnell, T. 2001) Oprah attended Tennessee State University on a scholarship. As a freshman in college she won the Miss Black Nashville and Miss Black Tennessee pageants. She was then offered a job from a local television station and became a news anchor on WTVF-TV Nashville. Upon graduating college she took on a news anchoring job in Baltimore for the evening news. She was eventually switched to morning news, which appeared on Good Morning America. That same year, she started cohosting the morning show Baltimore Is Talking. In 1984, Oprah moved to Chicago and took over A.M Chicago. A.M Chicago had ratings in the dumps, and within a month Oprah had the highest ratings in Chicago. The show was renamed to the Oprah Winfrey Show. Within years, the Oprah Winfrey Show was seen in 99 percent of television sets in the United States. And that's just the beginning. (Garson, H. 2004)

Recently, though, Oprah has announced her retirement from the show. After 25 years she's calling it quits.

Community Involvement:
Oprah Winfrey is a philanthropist for many causes. She was a major supporter of the National Child Protection Act, which was nicknamed the "Oprah Bill." The bill was signed into law in 1993 by Bill Clinton. She started "Oprah's Angel Network" which rewards and encourages people involving in charitable activity. More recently, in 2007, Oprah opened a Leadership Academy for Girls costing close to $40 million, close to Johannesburg, South Africa. The schools main goal is to provide a quality education for underpriveledged young girls. She is involved in Habitat for Humanity and A Better Chance. She has given large amounts of money to the United Negro College Fund. And the list doesn't stop there. (Funk & Wagnalls. 2002)

Awards and Achievements:
1972- Oprah won the Miss Black Tennessee Beauty Pageant
1987- Oprah won her first Emmy Award for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for best talk/service
show host and best show
1989- Won the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Entertainer
of the year award
1991- Oprah testified before Congress and brought forth the Child Protection Act
1995- Won two more Emmys for best talk show and best host
1995- Became the only woman and only black individual on Forbes list of the 400
richest Americans
1996- Recieved the George Foster Peabody's Individual Achievement Award
1998- Oprah recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Daytime Emmy Awards
1998- Won another award for best talk show host from the Daytime Emmy Awards
2002- Recieved the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award at the Emmy Awards
2005- Oprah was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people of the year
2005- Ranked 9th place in the public poll of the greatest Americans
2005- Listed as the first black person by Business Week as one of America's top 50 generous
2007- Nelson Mandela applauded her efforts in the buliding of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy
for Girls on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa

(Elders, A.)

Why I personally Chose This Person:

Oprah Winfrey has a name and a face that can be easily recognized by billions of people from cultures and countries across the globe. Her impact on women of all ages is astonishing and she seems to have some of the best advice around. Over the past twenty-five years she has had millions of viewers watching her show religiously because of her sensitivity and character. Her accomplishments give hope to young women all over the world. She is an example that if you work hard you can do anything. These are just some of the reasons I chose to write this paper on Oprah Winfrey. I believe that out of any talk show host in history, she has made the most impact on the world. In my opinion, she is one of the most caring and charitable celebrities out there. You don't find many people as eager as her to help their community. She is a special human being and a great role model.

The Global Influence This Person Has:
Oprah Winfrey has made a huge impact on the world. Aside from her courageous charitable acts, such as the building of the school in South Africa, she has offered advice to people in need for twenty five years now. Some of her shows have featured huge giveaways to help struggling families and souls, even if it is just a personal make-over. She still continues to help her community, whether it be her home in Chicago or half way around the world.


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