Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi as Orpah Gail Winfrey to a single mother in poverty who misspelt Oprah’s name on the birth certificate. She was raped at age nine several times, and later became pregnant at the age of 14 before her child died just weeks after his birth. She ran away several times due to the abuse and was sent to live with her father. In 1986, she met Stedman Graham, a businessman, who became her partner.
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Winfrey began working in radio in her 20s while also co-anchoring the local news in Milwaukee in the evening. In 1983, she began hostingåÊAM Chicago, a morning talk show that highlighted her talent and allowed the show to be renamedåÊThe Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran a whole hour and began broadcasting across the nation.
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Oprah went on to land hundreds of celebrity interviews over the next several decades, also earning 47 Daytime Awards and having the longest running daytime talk show in history. Some of the most notable stars that appeared on the show included Michael Jackson, Tom Cruise, Celine Dion, and Elizabeth Taylor. She earned $315 million dollars each season that the show was on air.BesidesåÊThe Oprah Winfrey Show, Winfrey went on to appear in several films that includeåÊThe Color Purple, earning $35,000,åÊBeloved,åÊTheir Eyes Were Watching God, andåÊThe Butler.Additionally, Winfrey also ownsåÊOåÊmagazine, and currently has been running her own network, OWN, which was founded by Winfrey in January, 2011 with its headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. The network has continued to suffer in ratings for several years, and currently can be viewed in 83,261,000 American households.Winfrey is worth an estimated $2.9 billion dollars. She reportedly earned $125 million dollars between May 2011 to May 2012, which is $290 million dollars less than in prior years.åÊForbesåÊcontinues to rank the mogul as one of the highest-paid celebrities after four years on its list.