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Oprah

Oprah Winfrey's Biography

Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with
people around the world. As supervising producer and host of the top-rated, award-winning
The Oprah Winfrey Show, she has entertained, enlightened and uplifted millions of viewers
for the past two decades. Her accomplishments as a television pioneer, producer,
publisher, educator and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected
and admired public figures today.


Television Pioneer
Magazine Founder & Editorial Director
Producer/Actress
Online Leader
Philanthropist
Television Programming Creator
Cable Network Co-Founder
Honorary Achievements

TELEVISION PIONEER
Oprah began her broadcasting career at WVOL radio in Nashville while still in high school.
At the age of 19, she became the youngest person and the first African-American woman to
anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She then relocated to Baltimore's WJZ-TV to
co-anchor the Six O'Clock News and later went on to become co-host of its local talk show,
People Are Talking.


In 1984, Oprah moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago, which
became the number one local talk show—surpassing ratings for Donahue—just one month
after she began. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The
Oprah Winfrey Show. It entered national syndication in 1986, becoming the highest-rated
talk show in television history. In 1988, she established Harpo Studios, a production
facility in Chicago, making her the third woman in the American entertainment industry
(after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball) to own her own studio.


The Oprah Winfrey Show has remained the number one talk show for 18 consecutive seasons*.
Produced by her own production company, Harpo Productions, Inc., the show is seen by an
estimated 30 million viewers a week in the United States** and is broadcast
internationally in 111 countries.


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MAGAZINE FOUNDER AND EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
In April 2000, Oprah and Hearst Magazines introduced O, The Oprah Magazine, a monthly
magazine that has become one of today's leading women's lifestyle publications. It is
credited as being the most successful magazine launch in recent history and currently has
a circulation of 2.7 million readers each month. In April 2002, Oprah launched the first
international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine in South Africa, extending her live your
best life message to another broad audience.


In 2004, O at Home, a newsstand-only quarterly shelter magazine designed to help readers
create a home that reflects their personal style, made its debut.


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PRODUCER/ACTRESS
Through her company's film division, Harpo Films, she has a long-term deal with the ABC
Television Network to produce "Oprah Winfrey Presents" telefilms. Since its inception in
1990, Harpo Films' projects, which have been based on classic and contemporary literature,
have garnered the highest industry honors for quality acting and production. Telefilms
under the Oprah Winfrey Presents banner have included the award-winning Tuesdays With
Morrie, based on the best-selling novel by Mitch Albom and starring Academy Award®-winner
Jack Lemmon and Emmy Award®-winner Hank Azaria; David and Lisa, an updated version of a
1962 film, re-written for television by Lloyd Kramer and Theodore Isaac Rubin and starring
Academy Award®-winner Sidney Poitier; and Their Eyes Were Watching God, based on the Zora
Neale Hurston novel and starring Academy Award®-winner Halle Berry.


In 1998, Harpo Films produced the critically acclaimed Beloved, a Touchstone Pictures
feature film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison, which co-starred
Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover and was directed by Jonathan Demme.


Oprah made her acting debut in 1985 as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, for
which she received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations. She also has been
lauded for her performances in the made-for-television movies Before Women Had Wings
(1997), There Are No Children Here (1993), and The Women of Brewster Place (1989).


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ONLINE LEADER
Oprah.com is a premiere women's lifestyle website, offering advice on everything from the
mind, body and spirit to food, home and relationships. It provides comprehensive resources
related to The Oprah Winfrey Show and exclusive interactive content based on O, The Oprah
Magazine. In addition, the website has unique original content, including Oprah's Book
Club, which offers free in-depth reading guides for each book selection, emails from
Oprah, online discussion groups and Q&A sessions with literary experts. Within its first
year, Oprah's Book Club quickly became the largest book club in the world, attracting
nearly 600,000 members. In 2003, Oprah.com also launched Live Your Best Life, an
interactive multimedia workshop based on her sold-out national speaking tour that features
Oprah's personal life stories and life lessons along with a workbook of thought-provoking
exercises.


Oprah.com averages 45 million page views and three million users per month and receives
approximately 12,000-15,000 emails each week.


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PHILANTHROPIST
Oprah has long believed that education is the door to freedom, offering a chance at a
brighter future. Through her private charity, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, she has
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