Oprah Winfrey Bio – Wiki
Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer, and philanthropist. She was born on 29 January 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Her birth name is Oprah Gail Winfrey. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago.
She is the daughter of Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey. As a child, Winfrey entertained herself by “playacting” in front of an “audience” of farm animals. Under the strict guidance of her grandmother, she learned to read at two and a half years old.
At six years old Winfrey was sent north to join her mother and two half-brothers in a Milwaukee ghetto, an extremely poor and dangerous neighborhood. At twelve years old she was sent to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. Feeling secure and happy for a brief period she began making speeches at social gatherings and churches, and one time earned five hundred dollars for a speech. She knew then that she wanted to be “paid to talk.”
She 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.
Credited with creating a more intimate, confessional form of media communication, Winfrey popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue. Through this medium, Winfrey broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream through television appearances. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
By the mid-1990s, Winfrey had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and spirituality. Though she was 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 had also emerged as a political force in the 2008 presidential race, delivering about one million votes to Barack Obama in the razor-close 2008 Democratic primary. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. In 2008, she formed her own network, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Boyfriend & Children
Stedman Graham is the long time boyfriend of Oprah Winfrey. They have one child named Canaan (born c. 1968, died c. 1968).
Her net worth is estimated at approx. US$2.7 billion as of October 2019.
Fake Arrest Rumors
The 66-year-old TV mogul took to Twitter overnight to respond to “awful” rumors circulating online stating that she had been arrested. In her post addressing the rumors, Oprah said she’d received a call after her name started trending on social media.
Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE. Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody.🙏🏾
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) March 18, 2020
According to reports, a conspiracy theory had surfaced online stating that Oprah had allegedly been arrested in connection with a sex trafficking ring. The allegations also stated that Oprah’s house had been raided, which she referenced in her tweet.
In response to the social media conspiracy, many fans and fellow stars are coming to Oprah’s defense.