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1. How much do you know about Oprah Winfrey?

What skills and talents does she have?

Why is she famous?

In what ways did she "beat the odds"?




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  • 1 decade ago
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    How much do you know about Oprah Winfrey?

    Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is the American multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. She is also an influential book critic, an Academy Award-nominated actress, and a magazine publisher. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the most philanthropic African American of all time, and the world's only Black billionaire for three straight years. She is also, according to several assessments, the most influential woman in the world.

    What skills and talents does she have?

    Winfrey`s grandmother had said that ever since Winfrey could talk, she was`on stage`. But her true media career began at age 17, when Winfrey worked at a local radio station while attending Tennessee State University.

    In what ways did she `beat the odds`?

    One of Operah's famous quout: `It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you — always.`

    She was born of an unmarried teenager couples, spent her childhood in the inner city and was molested by her cousin, uncle and family friend starting when she was 9. Winfrey attend High School at 13. She became pregnant at 14 but lost the baby shortly after birth.

    Her frustrated mother sent her to live with her father, who made her eduction a priority. Her life has since taken a better turn. Winfrey became an honors student, was voted "Most Popular Girl", joined her high school speech team, and placed second in the nation in dramatic interpretation. She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she studied communication. At age 18, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant.

    Winfrey's boyfriend from high school said, `She knew what she wanted to do. She worked hard at it, and when her ship started to sail, she got aboard.`

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