10 Things to know about Oprah
Oprah once said the thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power.
Oprah is the queen of television.
She’s the first black woman to ever own a channel. O, The Oprah Magazine launched in 2000.
She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century and was once considered the most influential woman in America.
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You see, Oprah is more than just a woman who uses her talk show to give people advice on love, life and happiness — she’s a business mogul that uses television as a tool to build empires.
She did just that with Harpo Studios and Discovery Communications. But she doesn’t stop there — she has taken her empire to other businesses including publishing houses, skin care lines and even web content companies.
Oprah has won a huge number of accolades and awards in her life, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, the 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a Grammy Legend Award.
She’s even been recognized as the most influential woman in America by Ladies’ Home Journal magazine, who named her as such for 11 consecutive years.
Oprah is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress and producer.
Her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history and is the highest-rated television program of the last decade.
The Oprah Winfrey Show was the highest rated television program of its kind in history, with an average 36 million viewers per episode.
Oprah Winfrey has done a lot of amazing things in her life.
For many Americans she is considered a national treasure. Understandably so, considering the impact she has had on society. She is loved (or hated) by millions and you could consider her more than just an entertainer.
Oprah is also a philanthropist, political activist, businesswoman and actress.
Oprah has been a leader in human potential and self-improvement.
She once said, “The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power.”
From attending church services in third grade with her father to packing up an entire studio audience for a trip down the Mississippi River, Oprah’s life has been one big adventure.
Here are other things about Oprah you might not know:
She says her favorite singers are James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt.
Oprah’s favorite movie is “The Sound of Music.”
Oprah is the world’s wealthiest black person
Oprah was born into poverty
She had a difficult childhood
Oprah likes to go by her middle name “Gail”
She struggled with her weight as a teenager
She co-founded the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
The name Oprah was her grandmother’s name and it means “illustrious, great one.”
Her real birthday is Jan. 29, 1954.
She attended Tennessee State University on a speech scholarship and graduated with a degree in communication disorders in 1976.
Her best dish is fried chicken.
Oprah’s life story is truly inspiring.
By all accounts, she was not living the most privileged life growing up in Mississippi, but she persevered and always turned her struggles into opportunities.
Her story is a reminder that while privilege can affect your current situation, it does not determine your future. You have the power to achieve whatever you want, but only if you work hard for it no matter who you are or where you start from.
Takeaway: Oprah is a prime example of someone who did not allow adversity to stop their passion and their vision.
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