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OPRAH WINFREY




Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.[1] Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.[4] She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century,[5] the greatest black philanthropist in American history,[6][7] and was for a time the world's only black billionaire.[8][9] She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.[10][11]
Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy.[12] Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime-talk-show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place,[8] she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication,[13] she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized[13][14] the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue,[13] which a Yale study says broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.[15][16] By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas,[17] and an emotion-centered approach[18] she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.[19] From 2006 to 2008, her