Sunday, April 08, 2007
i have been following Oprah Winfrey show for quite sometime now...and there were times when i was in splits and others,when i was moved to tears...Oprah has that kind of effect on people....she speaks with conviction...she deals with matters passionately,a no-nonsense lady...who is alone responsible for who she is...one may think oh!she is a darn rich lady...so perfect...no traumas and no pasts haunting her...what would she understand of people's suffering....if you too think this way....then think again....she comes from a broken family....driven to poverty at an early age...a druggie and then being knocked up by someone..and child molested from when she was just 9 which went on till she way 13...at 14 she gave birth to a baby boy..who died soon afterwards...series of failed relationships....but Oprah...never lost her soul...she faced hurdles and she knew she had it in her to overcome it and she did...now she is the world's richest black American woman,of African-American origin.
today she hosts a show that had created history..its in showbiz for almost 2 decades and more....and she has wooed,befriended and captured the hearts of her viewers without so much as a fight....people simply love Oprah...the best part about her is...she is who she is...and she is never ashamed of it....she seeks for help when she requires it,and is never afraid to do so...and this conviction on her part has helped millions who have come on her show...she has gone to the end of the earth to help AIDS affected patients...she has taken her cast and crew along with their families to a paid vacation...she has given away cars to all her audience...yes!thats how generous she is...she has revealed secrets,which no other talk show host would have ever imagined doing...helped people to accept their problems and seek help....talked on topics considered a taboo..and help people accept realities...
heres a few facts about the much beloved Oprah-
Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is the American multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history.She is also an influential book critic, an Academy Award-nominated actress, and a magazine publisher. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century,the most philanthropic African American of all time,and the world's only Black billionaire for three straight years.She is also, according to several assessments, the most influential woman in the world.
Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to a Baptist family. Her parents were unmarried teenagers. Her mother, Vernita Lee, was a housemaid, and her father, Vernon Winfrey, was a coal miner and later worked as a barber before becoming a city councilman. Winfrey's father was in the Armed Forces when she was born. After her birth, Winfrey's mother traveled north and Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her Grandma Hattie Mae. Winfrey's grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses. When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother would take a switch and would hit her with it when she didn't do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.
At age six, Winfrey moved to an inner city ghetto in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother, who was less supportive and encouraging than her grandmother. Winfrey has stated that she was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was 9.
Despite her dysfunctional home life, Winfrey skipped two of her earliest grades, became the teacher's pet, and by the time she was 13 received a scholarship to attend Nicolet High School in the Milwaukee suburb of Glendale, Wisconsin. Although Winfrey was very popular, she couldn't afford to go out on the town as frequently as her better-off classmates. Like many teenagers at the end of the 1960s, Winfrey rebelled, ran away from home and ran the streets. When she was 14, she became pregnant, but lost the baby after birth. Also at that age, her frustrated mother sent her to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee. Vernon was strict, but encouraging and made her education a priority. Winfrey became an honors student, was voted "Most Popular Girl", joined her high school speech team, and placed second in the nation in dramatic interpretation. She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where she studied communication. At age 18, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant.