Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1954-01-29 (68 years old)

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Biography

Oprah Gail Winfrey (; born Orpah Gail Winfrey; January 29, 1954), or simply Oprah, is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years, from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she was the richest African-American of the 20th century, was once the world's only black billionaire, and the greatest black philanthropist in U.S. history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a single teenage mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teenage years and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. Winfrey was then sent to live with the man she calls her father, Vernon Winfrey, a barber in Nashville, Tennessee, and landed a job in radio while still in high school. By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news. Winfrey's often emotional, extemporaneous delivery eventually led to her transfer to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company. By the mid-1990s, Winfrey had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and spirituality. Though she has been criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, and having an emotion-centered approach, she has also been praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others. Winfrey also emerged as a political force in the 2008 presidential race, with her endorsement of Barack Obama estimated to have been worth about one million votes during the 2008 Democratic primaries. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and received honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. In 2008, she formed her own network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). Credited with creating a more intimate, confessional form of media communication, Winfrey popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. Winfrey has won many accolades throughout her career which includes 18 Daytime Emmy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Chairman's Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, a Tony Award, a Peabody Award and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, awarded by the Academy Awards and two additional Academy Award nominations. Winfey was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2021.

Early Life

Orpah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954; her first name was spelled Orpah on her birth certificate after the biblical figure in the Book of Ruth, but people mispronounced it regularly and "Oprah" stuck. She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to an unmarried teenage mother. Her mother, Vernita Lee (1935–2018), was a housemaid. Winfrey's biological father is usually noted as Vernon Winfrey (c. 1933–2022), a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who was in the Armed Forces when she was born. However, Mississippi farmer and World War II Veteran Noah Robinson Sr. (born c. 1925) has claimed to be her biological father. A genetic test in 2006 determined that her matrilineal line originated among the Kpelle ethnic group, in the area that today is Liberia. Her genetic makeup was determined to be 89% Sub-Saharan African, 8% Native American, and 3% East Asian. However, given the imprecision of genetic testing, the East Asian markers may actually be Native American.After Winfrey's birth, her mother traveled north, and Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae (Presley) Lee (April 15, 1900 – February 27, 1963). Her grandmother was so poor that Winfrey often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which other children made fun of her. Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses. When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother was reportedly abusive.At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother had been, largely as a result of the long hours she worked as a maid. Around this time, Lee had given birth to another daughter, Winfrey's younger half-sister, Patricia who died of causes related to cocaine addiction in February 2003 at age 43. By 1962, Lee was having difficulty raising both daughters, so Winfrey was temporarily sent to live with Vernon in Nashville, Tennessee. While Winfrey was in Nashville, Lee gave birth to a third daughter, who was put up for adoption in the hopes of easing the financial straits that had led to Lee's being on welfare, and was later also named Patricia. Winfrey did not know that she had a second half-sister until 2010. By the time Winfrey moved back with her mother, Lee had also given birth to Winfrey's half-brother Jeffrey, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1989. At the age of 8, she was baptized in a Baptist church.Winfrey has stated she was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was nine years old, something she first announced on a 1986 episode of her TV show regarding sexual abuse. When Winfrey discussed the alleged abuse with family members at age 24, they reportedly refused to believe her account. Winfrey once commented that she had chosen not to be a mother because she had not been mothered well. At 13, after suffering what she described as years of abuse, Winfrey ran away from home. When she was 14, she became pregnant, but her son was born prematurely and died shortly after birth. Winfrey later stated she felt betrayed by the family member who had sold the story of her son to the National Enquirer in 1990.Winfrey attended Lincoln High School in Milwaukee, but after early success in the Upward Bound program, was transferred to the affluent suburban Nicolet High School. Upon transferring, she said she was continually reminded of her poverty as she rode the bus to school with fellow African-Americans, some of whom were servants of her classmates' families. She began to rebel and steal money from her mother in an effort to keep up with her free-spending peers. As a result, her mother once again sent her to live with Vernon in Nashville, although this time she did not take her back. Vernon was strict but encouraging, and made her education a priority. Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.Winfrey's first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At the age of 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school and in her first two years of college. She had won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where she studied communication. However, she did not deliver her final paper and receive her degree until 1987, by which time she was a successful television personality.Winfrey's career in media would not have surprised her grandmother, who once said that ever since Winfrey could talk, she was on stage. As a child, she played games interviewing her corncob doll and the crows on the fence of her family's property. Winfrey later acknowledged her grandmother's influence, saying it was Hattie Mae who had encouraged her to speak in public and "gave me a positive sense of myself".

Filmography

All 159

Self 95

Movies 91

TV Shows 68

Producer 17

Voice 5

Creator 3

Narrator 1

Producer
The Color Purple (2023)

The Color Purple (2023)

Movie
Self
The Hair Tales (2022)

The Hair Tales (2022)

TV Show
Producer
Sidney (2022)

Sidney (2022)

Movie
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
The Princess (2022)

The Princess (2022)

Movie
Executive Producer
The Color of Care (2022)

The Color of Care (2022)

Movie
Self
Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event (2022)

Oprah + Viola: A Netflix Special Event (2022)

Movie
Self
Soul of a Nation Presents: Screen Queens Rising (2022)

Soul of a Nation Presents: Screen Queens Rising (2022)

Movie
Actress
Speak Sis (2021)

Speak Sis (2021)

TV Show
Self (archive footage)
Death to 2021 (2021)

Death to 2021 (2021)

Movie
4
Self
Adele One Night Only (2021)

Adele One Night Only (2021)

Movie
Self
TINA (2021)

TINA (2021)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Val (2021)

Val (2021)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
The Perfect Victim (2021)

The Perfect Victim (2021)

Movie
Self
The Me You Can't See (2021)

The Me You Can't See (2021)

TV Show
Self - Host
Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (2021)

Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special (2021)

Movie
Self - Host
Super Soul (2021)

Super Soul (2021)

TV Show
Self
The United States vs. Billie Holiday Special: Lee Daniels and Cast Interviewed by Oprah Winfrey (2021)

The United States vs. Billie Holiday Special: Lee Daniels and Cast Interviewed by Oprah Winfrey (2021)

Movie
Herself
The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (2021)

The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (2021)

Movie
Self
Mary McCartney Serves It Up (2021)

Mary McCartney Serves It Up (2021)

TV Show
Self
Between the World and Me (2020)

Between the World and Me (2020)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
The Accidental President (2020)

The Accidental President (2020)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
First Ladies (2020)

First Ladies (2020)

TV Show
Self (archive footage)
The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden (2020)

The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden (2020)

Movie
Herself / Self (archive footage)
Loving Neverland (2020)

Loving Neverland (2020)

Movie
Producer
The Water Man (2020)

The Water Man (2020)

Movie
8
Self
Chadwick Boseman:  A Tribute for a King (2020)

Chadwick Boseman: A Tribute for a King (2020)

Movie
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

You Cannot Kill David Arquette (2020)

Movie
Self
John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero (2020)

John Lewis: Celebrating a Hero (2020)

Movie
Self - Host
The Oprah Conversation (2020)

The Oprah Conversation (2020)

TV Show
Host
Where Do We Go From Here? (2020)

Where Do We Go From Here? (2020)

TV Show
Self (archive footage)
Uncle Tom (2020)

Uncle Tom (2020)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Disclosure (2020)

Disclosure (2020)

Movie
Self
Dear… (2020)

Dear… (2020)

TV Show
Self
Becoming (2020)

Becoming (2020)

Movie
Self
One World: Together at Home (2020)

One World: Together at Home (2020)

Movie
Herself
Some Good News (2020)

Some Good News (2020)

TV Show
Self - Host
Oprah Talks COVID-19 (2020)

Oprah Talks COVID-19 (2020)

TV Show
Herself
Visible: Out On Television (2020)

Visible: Out On Television (2020)

TV Show
7.6
Executive Producer
Cherish the Day (2020)

Cherish the Day (2020)

TV Show
Executive Producer
On the Record (2020)

On the Record (2020)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Frontline: America's Great Divide (2020)

Frontline: America's Great Divide (2020)

Movie
Self - Host
Oprah's Book Club (2019)

Oprah's Book Club (2019)

TV Show
Self - Guest
Tamron Hall (2019)

Tamron Hall (2019)

TV Show
Self (archive footage)
Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

Movie
Self
Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019)

Movie
Self
Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now (2019)

Oprah Winfrey Presents: When They See Us Now (2019)

Movie
1
Herself
RuPaul (2019)

RuPaul (2019)

TV Show
Executive Producer
When They See Us (2019)

When They See Us (2019)

TV Show
7.4
Self - Host
Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland (2019)

Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland (2019)

Movie
Herself - Host
Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones (2018)

Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones (2018)

Movie
The One Who Creates Everything by Thinking (voice)
Crow: The Legend (2018)

Crow: The Legend (2018)

Movie
Self
Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama (2018)

Oprah Winfrey Presents: Becoming Michelle Obama (2018)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (2018)

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj (2018)

TV Show
Self
Quincy (2018)

Quincy (2018)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Explained (2018)

Explained (2018)

TV Show
6.67
Mrs. Which
A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

A Wrinkle in Time (2018)

Movie
5.71
Deborah (voice)
The Star (2017)

The Star (2017)

Movie
6
Self
Spielberg (2017)

Spielberg (2017)

Movie
Herself
Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief (2017)

Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Relief (2017)

Movie
Herself (Archive Footage) (uncredited)
Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017)

Movie
Self (archive footage)
Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

Get Me Roger Stone (2017)

Movie
Deborah Lacks
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017)

Movie
Self - Host
13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay (2017)

13th: A Conversation with Oprah Winfrey & Ava DuVernay (2017)

Movie
Self
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016)

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (2016)

TV Show
Self (archive footage)
Before the Flood (2016)

Before the Flood (2016)

Movie
Herself
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016)

Movie
Thanks
13th (2016)

13th (2016)

Movie
8
Self
National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony (2016)

National Museum of African American History and Culture Grand Opening Ceremony (2016)

Movie
Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (2016)

Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (2016)

Movie
Mavis McCready / Executive Producer
Greenleaf (2016)

Greenleaf (2016)

TV Show
6.6
Herself (archive footage)
Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray (2016)

Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray (2016)

Movie
Creator
Dr. Phil meets Tracey Armah (2015)

Dr. Phil meets Tracey Armah (2015)

Movie
Self
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)

TV Show
5.5
Self
Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2015)

Close Up with The Hollywood Reporter (2015)

TV Show
Annie Lee Cooper
Selma (2014)

Selma (2014)

Movie
6.33
Producer
The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014)

Movie
6.54
Self - TV Host (archive footage)
Life Itself (2014)

Life Itself (2014)

Movie
1
Self
Lindsay (2014)

Lindsay (2014)

TV Show
Woman
Making a Scene (2013)

Making a Scene (2013)

Movie
The Making of 'Making a Scene' (2013)

The Making of 'Making a Scene' (2013)

Movie
Herself (archive footage)
The Armstrong Lie (2013)

The Armstrong Lie (2013)

Movie
Gloria Gaines
The Butler (2013)

The Butler (2013)

Movie
5.3
Herself (archive footage)
Are All Men Pedophiles? (2013)

Are All Men Pedophiles? (2013)

Movie
6
Self
Makers: Women Who Make America (2013)

Makers: Women Who Make America (2013)

TV Show
Self
Martin Luther King and the March on Washington (2013)

Martin Luther King and the March on Washington (2013)

Movie
Herself - Host
Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012)

Oprah: Where Are They Now? (2012)

TV Show
Oprah
Jesus Henry Christ (2012)

Jesus Henry Christ (2012)

Movie
Self - Host
Oprah's Next Chapter (2012)

Oprah's Next Chapter (2012)

TV Show
Self (Archival Footage)
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

Movie
Creator / Herself - Host
Super Soul Sunday (2011)

Super Soul Sunday (2011)

TV Show
Executive Producer
Serving Life (2011)

Serving Life (2011)

Movie
Herself (archive footage)
Half in the Bag (2011)

Half in the Bag (2011)

TV Show
Self - Host
Oprah's Master Class (2011)

Oprah's Master Class (2011)

TV Show
Eudora
The Princess and the Frog (2009)

The Princess and the Frog (2009)

Movie
6.61
Self - Narrator (U.S. Broadcast) / American narrator / Self
Life (2009)

Life (2009)

TV Show
3.67
Creator
The Dr. Oz Show (2009)

The Dr. Oz Show (2009)

TV Show
6
Self (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
My White Baby (2009)

My White Baby (2009)

Movie
Self
Oprah's Big Give (2008)

Oprah's Big Give (2008)

TV Show
Producer
The Great Debaters (2007)

The Great Debaters (2007)

Movie
Judge Bumbleton (voice)
Bee Movie (2007)

Bee Movie (2007)

Movie
6.75
Self
Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007)

Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007)

TV Show
6.41
Oprah Winfrey
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

Ocean's Thirteen (2007)

Movie
5.68
Self (archive footage)
Everything's Cool (2007)

Everything's Cool (2007)

Movie
Gussy the Female Goose
Charlotte's Web (2006)

Charlotte's Web (2006)

Movie
6
Oprah Winfrey
30 Rock (2006)

30 Rock (2006)

TV Show
6.1
Executive Producer
Rachael Ray (2006)

Rachael Ray (2006)

TV Show
Self
A Special Presentation Oprah and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz Death Camp (2006)

A Special Presentation Oprah and Elie Wiesel at Auschwitz Death Camp (2006)

Movie
Web Junk 20 (2006)

Web Junk 20 (2006)

TV Show
Narrator
Emmanuel's Gift (2005)

Emmanuel's Gift (2005)

Movie
Self
Signé Chanel (2005)

Signé Chanel (2005)

TV Show
Executive Producer
Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005)

Movie
Herself
Drake & Josh (2004)

Drake & Josh (2004)

TV Show
7.38
On Air with Ryan Seacrest (2004)

On Air with Ryan Seacrest (2004)

TV Show
Anderson Cooper 360° (2003)

Anderson Cooper 360° (2003)

TV Show
Self
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003)

TV Show
5.15
Celebrities Uncensored (2003)

Celebrities Uncensored (2003)

TV Show
Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives (2003)

Movie
Creator
Dr. Phil (2002)

Dr. Phil (2002)

TV Show
Self
The Cosby Show: A Look Back (2002)

The Cosby Show: A Look Back (2002)

Movie
Self
Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001)

Quincy Jones: In the Pocket (2001)

Movie
Producer
Amy & Isabelle (2001)

Amy & Isabelle (2001)

Movie
Life & Cooking (2000)

Life & Cooking (2000)

TV Show
Producer
Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)

Tuesdays with Morrie (1999)

Movie
Coretta Scott King (voice)
Our Friend, Martin (1999)

Our Friend, Martin (1999)

Movie
Sethe
Beloved (1998)

Beloved (1998)

Movie
The Hughleys (1998)

The Hughleys (1998)

TV Show
Executive Producer
The Wedding (1998)

The Wedding (1998)

Movie
Zora Williams
Before Women Had Wings (1997)

Before Women Had Wings (1997)

Movie
Self
The View (1997)

The View (1997)

TV Show
8
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

E! True Hollywood Story (1996)

TV Show
Self
MADtv (1995)

MADtv (1995)

TV Show
1
Therapist
Ellen (1994)

Ellen (1994)

TV Show
6
LaJoe Rivers
There Are No Children Here (1993)

There Are No Children Here (1993)

Movie
Elizabeth Keckley (voice)
Lincoln (1992)

Lincoln (1992)

Movie
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992)

TV Show
5.75
Oprah Winfrey
Home Improvement (1991)

Home Improvement (1991)

TV Show
7
Gabriel's Fire (1990)

Gabriel's Fire (1990)

TV Show
Herself
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990)

TV Show
6.69
Mattie Michael
Brewster Place (1990)

Brewster Place (1990)

TV Show
Mattie Michael
The Women of Brewster Place (1989)

The Women of Brewster Place (1989)

Movie
Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special (1988)

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special (1988)

Movie
Herself
Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

Throw Momma from the Train (1987)

Movie
3.5
Mrs. Thomas
Native Son (1986)

Native Son (1986)

Movie
Self - Host / Self
The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)

The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986)

TV Show
8
Herself
American Masters (1986)

American Masters (1986)

TV Show
Sofia
The Color Purple (1985)

The Color Purple (1985)

Movie
2
Self
Wogan (1982)

Wogan (1982)

TV Show
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)

Late Night with David Letterman (1982)

TV Show
8.33
Herself - Host
People Are Talking (1978)

People Are Talking (1978)

TV Show
Self - Host / Various
Saturday Night Live (1975)

Saturday Night Live (1975)

TV Show
6.36
The Daytime Emmy Awards (1974)

The Daytime Emmy Awards (1974)

TV Show
Self
60 Minutes (1968)

60 Minutes (1968)

TV Show
6
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)

TV Show
6
Self
The Oscars (1953)

The Oscars (1953)

TV Show
The Emmy Awards (1949)

The Emmy Awards (1949)

TV Show
6.08
Self
African American Lives

African American Lives

TV Show
Mattie Michael
The Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place

TV Show
Producer
The Water Dancer

The Water Dancer

Movie
Aurora Greenway
Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Movie

Ratings

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Female

Birthday
1954-01-29 (68 years old)

Birth name
Oprah Gail Winfrey

Place of birth
Kosciusko, United States of America

Net worth
$1000000000

Relationships
Stedman Graham, Roger Ebert (1977-01-01 - 1985-01-01), John Tesh (1976-01-01 - 1977-01-01)

Mother
Vernita Lee Winfrey

Relatives
Patricia Lee Logton, Jeffrey Lee

Citizenships
United States of America

Residences
Montecito, United States of America

Also known as
Orpah Gail Winfrey, 오프라 윈프리

Awards
Horatio Alger Award, NAACP Image Award – Hall of Fame Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding News, Talk or Information – Series or Special, NAACP Image Award for Entertainer of the Year, Marian Anderson Award, Jefferson Awards for Public Service, Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Producers Guild of America Awards, Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century, Spingarn Medal, National Women's Hall of Fame, Kennedy Center Honors, Disney Legends, Primetime Emmy Award, honorary doctorate from Harvard University, Peabody Awards, Time 100, People's Choice Awards, American Black Film Festival, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Genesis Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom, Order of the Smile

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