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Oprah Winfrey Scrapbook. Maisie O’Meara World History Honors. Childhood. Born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi Raised by grandma on a farm Started learning to read aloud and recite at age three Spoke at her church Moved to Milwaukee to live with mother, Vernita, at age six.

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oprah winfrey scrapbook

Oprah Winfrey Scrapbook

Maisie O’Meara

World History Honors

  • Born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi
  • Raised by grandma on a farm
  • Started learning to read aloud and recite at age three
    • Spoke at her church
  • Moved to Milwaukee to live with mother, Vernita, at age six

Red dot is Kosciusko, Mississippi

Oprah as an infant

  • Was sexually abused and molested by friends and relatives of mother
  • Ran away at age 13
  • Sent to a juvenile detention center but denied because it was full

Vernita Winfrey

Juvenile detention center

  • Sent to Nashville to live with father Vernon Winfrey
    • Very strict man
    • Made Oprah read a book and write a book report every week
  • Looked towards reading for comfort

Vernon Winfrey

  • Age 17- hired by WVOL radio in Nashville while still in high school
  • Age 19- became reporter of WTVF-TV in Nashville
    • Youngest reporter and first African American woman at that station
  • Went to Tennessee State University
    • Majored in Performing Arts and Speech Communications

Tennessee State University

Oprah as a young woman

  • Co-anchored the Six O’Clock News at Baltimore’s WJZ-TV
  • Later was co-host of talk show People are Talking
  • 1984- hosted AM Chicago
    • Number one talk show locally

Oprah on People are Talking

Oprah on AM Chicago

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Oprah Winfrey Show
  • AM Chicago was extended to one hour and became The Oprah Winfrey Show
    • 1986- became the highest rated talk show in history
    • First year made $125 million
    • Oprah received $30 million
  • Began the Oprah Book Club
    • Part of her talk show
    • Many of the books became best sellers
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Oprah Winfrey Show
  • 2004- signed a contract to continue show through 2011 season
  • Show is viewed on more than 200 TV stations in the U.S.
  • Shown in over 100 countries around the world
  • 1985- Starred in a movie called The Color Purple
    • Received nominations for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress
  • Also starred in Native Son a movie form of Richard Wright’s 1940 book

Oprah in The Color Purple

Oprah in Native Son

  • 1988- created her own production studio
    • HARPO Studios
      • Created TV miniseries called The Women of Brewster Place in 1989
    • Third woman in American film industry to own a studio
  • Co-founded Oxygen Media, Inc.
    • Television station designed for women
  • 2000- founded O: The Oprah Magazine
  • Wanted to create a national database of child abusers
    • Inspired by her childhood abuse experiences
  • 1993- the “Oprah Bill” was signed by President Clinton that founded the database
  • Established the Family for Better Lives Foundation
  • 2007- campaigned for Barack Obama
    • Attracted largest crowd in primary season

Oprah and Bill Clinton

Oprah and President Barack Obama

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Oprah’s Angel Network
  • 2000- started giving an award to people who work to help others
    • "Use Your Life Award”
  • Has raised over $80,000,000 for charity programs
    • All audience donations go to nonprofit organizations

Oprah presenting the “Use Your Life Award”

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Oprah’s Angel Network
  • Worked for the cause of education for girls in South Africa
  • Donated to Hurricane Katrina victims

Oprah and girls in South Africa

Oprah helping with Hurricane Katrina victims

  • June 1987- The Oprah Winfrey Show won three Daytime Emmy Awards in three categories:
    • Outstanding Host
    • Outstanding Talk/Service Program
    • Outstanding Direction
  • 1988- the show won another Daytime Emmy
    • Outstanding Talk/Service Program

Daytime Emmy Award

Oprah with one of her Daytime Emmy Awards

  • 1988- She won the international Radio and Television Society's "Broadcaster of the Year" Award
    • Youngest person and fifth woman to ever win that award
  • 1998- TIME Magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century

100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century

Oprah in 1988

  • 1998- received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • 1999- received National Book Foundation's 50th anniversary gold medal for services to authors and books
  • First African American woman to become a billionaire
  • 2002- first to receive The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
  • 2004- received a Global Humanitarian Action Award from the United Nations Association of the United States of America

Oprah and the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award

Oprah being honored by the United Nations Association

  • 2005- was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • 2007- given a 2007 Humanitarian Award from The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Oprah and Elie Wiesel

  • Will go down in history as one of the most influential and inspiring women that have ever lived
  • Will be remembered for:
    • Her show and studio
    • Her work to improve the lives of anyone who needs it
  • Known as “America’s Best Friend” and definitely lives up to that title

“Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.” – Oprah Winfrey