Oprah Winfrey

Born Jan 29, 1954
Age 62
Hometown Kosciusko, Missis...
Political Party Democratic Partyl
Alma Mater Tennessee State U...
Other Names Winfrey, Oprah Gail

Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her self-titled, 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.… Read More

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Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
Age 62


  • Vernon Winfrey
    Vernon Winfrey
    Father, Age 82
  • Vernita Lee
    Vernita Lee
    Mother, Age 81


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1954 Birth Born on January 29, 1954.
1962 8 Years Old By 1962, Lee was having difficulty raising both daughters so Winfrey was temporarily sent to live with Vernon in Nashville, Tennessee. … Read More


1976 22 Years Old …  She moved to Baltimore's WJZ-TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six o'clock news.
1978 24 Years Old She was then recruited to join Richard Sher as co-host of WJZ's local talk show People Are Talking, which premiered on August 14, 1978. … Read More
1981 27 Years Old …  Winfrey became so depressed that on September 8, 1981, she wrote a suicide note to best friend Gayle King instructing King to water her plants. "That suicide note had been much overplayed" Winfrey told Ms. magazine. "I couldn't kill myself. … Read More
1983 29 Years Old In 1983, Winfrey relocated to Chicago to host WLS-TV's low-rated half-hour morning talk show, AM Chicago. … Read More


1986 32 Years Old It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, expanded to a full hour, and broadcast nationally beginning September 8, 1986. … Read More
1989 35 Years Old 1 More Event
By the time Winfrey moved back in with Lee, Lee had also given birth to a boy named Jeffrey, Winfrey's half-brother, who died of AIDS-related causes in 1989. … Read More
1992 38 Years Old …  They were engaged to be married in November 1992, but the ceremony never took place. … Read More
1993 39 Years Old In 1993, Winfrey hosted a rare prime-time interview with Michael Jackson, which became the fourth most-watched event in American television history as well as the most watched interview ever, with an audience of 36.5 million. … Read More


1997 43 Years Old …  In 1997, Cook tried to sue Winfrey for $20 million for allegedly blocking a tell-all book about their alleged relationship.
1998 44 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Winfrey hosted a week-long Caribbean cruise for Angelou and 150 guests for Angelou's 70th birthday in 1998, and in 2008, threw her "an extravagant 80th birthday celebration" at Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. … Read More
2000 46 Years Old With a 2000 net worth of $800 million, Winfrey is believed to be the richest African American of the 20th century. … Read More
2001 47 Years Old …  Leading up to the U.S.-led 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, less than a month after the September 11 attacks Winfrey aired a controversial show called "Islam 101" in which she portrayed Islam as a religion of peace, calling it "the most misunderstood of the three major religions". … Read More


2004 50 Years Old 1 More Event
Forbes' international rich list has listed Winfrey as the world's only black billionaire from 2004 to 2006 and as the first black woman billionaire in world history.
2005 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Forbes named her the world's most powerful celebrity in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013. … Read More
2006 52 Years Old 1 More Event
When author Jonathan Franzen's book was selected for the Book Club, he reportedly "cringed" and said selected books tend to be "schmaltzy". After James Frey's A Million Little Pieces was found to contain fabrications in 2006, Winfrey confronted him on her show over the breach of trust.
Winfrey held a fundraiser for Obama on September 8, 2007, at her Santa Barbara estate.
In September 2008, Winfrey received criticism after Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report reported that Winfrey refused to have Sarah Palin on her show, allegedly because of Winfrey's support for Barack Obama. … Read More
2009 55 Years Old In 2009, Winfrey apologized to Frey for the public confrontation. … Read More
2012 58 Years Old 1 More Event
By 2012 she had given away about $400 million to educational causes.
2013 59 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. … Read More


As of 2014 Winfrey has a net worth in excess of 2.9 billion dollars and has overtaken former eBay CEO Meg Whitman as the richest self-made woman in America.
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