Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

"What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God's way of pointing you in a new direction." – Oprah Winfrey

Time Line


Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954.

She entered Tennessee State University in 1971 and began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.


Winfrey launched the Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986 as a nationally syndicated program. With its placement on 120 channels and an audience of 10 million people, the show grossed $125 million by the end of its first year, of which Winfrey received $30 million. She soon gained ownership of the program from ABC, drawing it under the control of her new production company, Harpo Productions ('Oprah' spelled backwards) and making more and more money from syndication. Her company was very successful.

Interesting Facts

"After a troubled adolescence in a small farming community, where she was sexually abused by a number of male relatives and friends of her mother, Vernita, she moved to Nashville to live with her father, Vernon, a barber and businessman." (Bio. True Story)


Moved to Baltimore, Maryland to host People are Talking.


Started working at aChicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.M. Chicago.



Oprah Winfrey Show began. Ended in 2011.

Launched her network OWN.

Early Childhood

"Born to an unwed teenage mother, Oprah Winfrey spent her first years on her grandmother's farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi, while her mother looked for work in the North. Life on the farm was primitive, but her grandmother taught her to read at an early age, and at age three Oprah was reciting poems and Bible verses in local churches." (Academy Of Achievement)


History of her Show

-She won the Daytime Emmy Award 17 times-She had one Grammy nomination(CNN)

-Academy of Achievement. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. . -Bio. True story. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Mar. 2014. . -CNN. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2014. . -"50 Things you Didn't Know About Oprah Winfrey." 50 Things you Didn"t Know about Oprah Winfrey. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. . -"Oprah." Distinguished Tigers. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. . -"Oprah First Show." Oprah First. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. . -"Oprah Winfrey." Museum of Broadcast Communications. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2014. . -Oprah Winfrey Biography: Life and Career. YouTube. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Mar. 2014. .

I believe that Oprah is a very strong and successful woman. She has gone through many things, such as being sexual abused, but she got through it. Now she has her own network. This woman is my hero.


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