Oprah Gail Winfrey born Orpah Gail Winfrey ,  January 29, is an American media executive , actress , talk show host , television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show , broadcast from Chicago , which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from to Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news.
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By Ginger Adams Otis. Oprah Winfrey has made billions sharing her thoughts and opinions with the world — her favorite things, her favorite books, her adoration of her half-dozen dogs and her relationship with her best friend, Gayle, to name a few. Kelley has vowed to deliver news on the woman most Americans view as an open book. But those details that have already been made public are shocking enough. Winfrey was born in to Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey, who had a brief fling but never married. She was initially raised on the Mississippi pig farm of her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee. Amenities like running water and electricity were scarce, but there was plenty of space, something the driven 6-year-old girl desperately missed when she was sent to Milwaukee to join her mom and half-siblings, Patricia and Jeffrey, in their cramped apartment.
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Oprah Winfrey born Orpah Gail Winfrey ; January 29, is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show , which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, including being raped at the age of nine and becoming pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place [5 ] she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated. Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication, [10 ] she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized [10 ] [11 ] the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue , [10 ] which a Yale study claims broke 20th century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.
Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in They moved to Milwaukee when Winfrey was 6 years old. Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.