Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Oprah Winfrey

Name : Oprah Winfrey
Date of birth : 29 January 1954
Place of birth : Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
Birth name : Oprah Gail Winfrey
Nickname : O
Deepak Oprah
Height : 5' 6"

She is permanently withdrawing her name from Daytime Emmy Award consideration because she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement in 1998. "...after you've achieved it for a lifetime, what else is there?"
In addition to being a news anchor on WJZ-TV13 in Baltimore Maryland, she was a co-host with Richard Sher (A reporter) on a local talk show on that station. It was called: People are Talking.
Graduated from East Nashville High School in Nashville, Tennessee (1971); voted most popular
Was sued by Texas cattlemen who claimed that Oprah defamed beef on her talk show. The case went to trial, causing Oprah to have to relocate her show's production to Amarillo, TX for the duration of the trial. She was found not liable.

Ranked #1 in Entertainment Weekly's 1998 list of the most powerful people in industry, but dropped to #6 in 1999 list. Still, the only performer ranked that high, as well as the only woman, and certainly the only African-American.

Graduate of Tennessee State University, with degrees in speech communications and performing arts
Is the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show.
Her name was intended to be Orpah, but it was misspelled on her birth certificate.
Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.
Announced that Oprah would receive $130,000,000 for continuing her talk show through the 1999-2000 TV season. [15 September 1997]

Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1997]
Worked as a news anchor for WJZ Television in Baltimore, Maryland, in the late 1970s
Elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, NY
She and Stedman Graham are teaching "Dynamics of Leadership" class at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. [fall 1999]

Given an honorary National Book Award for her "influential contribution to reading and books". [October 1999]
Awarded (lst) 50th anniversary medal by National Book Foundation, NYC, Nov 1999.
Her immensely popular TV talk show is a Harpo Production. Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards. Harpo is also the name of a character in The Color Purple (1985) (Oprah's film debut) played by 'Willard E. Pug' .
Gave birth to a baby boy when she was just 14. The baby died after 2 weeks, from complications of being born 2 months premature.
Was instrumental in the passage of the Oprah Bill, in the early 1990s. The bill was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, and is aimed at stopping child abuse.
Raised in abject poverty, she received her first pair of shoes in 1959 at age 6. She learned to read at age 2�. In fact, when it was time for her to start kindergarten, she wrote a note to her teacher insisting she should be in first grade. The teacher agreed and after finishing that grade she was then skipped to third grade.
Partner is Stedman Graham. [1986 - present]

Born at 7:51 PM EST
In April 2002, she her former personal trainer Bob Greene announce they are buying 7 shoreline lots from Getty Family Trust to build several homes, including one on 102-acre lot for Oprah. They plan to put conservation first and keep site development low key.
Febuary 2003 - She is added to Forbes Billionare list, making her the first African American woman to do so.
Ranked #1 on VH1's list of the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" (2003)
Measurements: 36-25-37 (as 18 year-old pageant contestant), 44D-29-40 (in 1990 at 200#+), 36C-25-35 (after 1995 diet), (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, NY
#1 Pop Culture Icon on VH1's "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons", beating out Superman and Elvis.
As of 2004, her net worth is estimated to be at around 1.1 billion USD
Purchased a house at 3330 Radcliffe Avenue, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This superb 11,000 sq ft waterfront property was on sale for Cdn $18 million, at the time British Columbia's most expensive house, but she paid $17 million (US $13 million). [June 2004]
Daughter of Vernon Winfrey.

According to Forbes magazine, her 2005 net worth is $1.3 billion.
Was a guest at friends Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger's star-studded wedding
First African-American women to become a billionaire in American history.
2005: After years of publicly criticizing David Letterman's late-night television show, she and Letterman finally settled their differences, when she agreed to appear on the December 1, 2005 episode, during which time she was be in New York to promote her musical of The Color Purple.

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