It's GoddessLife Woman of the Week Wednesday! Here at GoddessLife HQ, we feature a woman who embodies the highest possible expression of her nature. Honoring the brilliance in other women will help all of us on our path to living our own true potential.
No one has faced more obstacles and manifested bigger dreams than the one and only Oprah Winfrey. She is an American media personality, Academy Award nominated actress, producer, literary critic and magazine publisher. Best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, it is the highest-rated program of its kind in history. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the most philanthropic African American of all time, and was once the world's only black billionaire. This bio is simply the "highlights" of this iconic woman's life.
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. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school. She began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, where she boosted the third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place. She then launched her own production company and it became internationally syndicated. Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication, she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre.By the mid 1990s she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality.
In 1985, Winfrey co-starred in Steven Speilberg's epic film adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer-Prize winning novel, The Color Purple. She earned immediate acclaim as Sofia, the distraught housewife. The following year Winfrey was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. The Color Purple went on to become a Broadway musical and opened late 2005, with Winfrey credited as a producer.
Winfrey publishes two magazines: O, The Oprah Magazine and O at Home. She has co-authored five books. In 2002 Fortune called O, the Oprah Magazine the most successful start-up ever in the industry.
In 2006 she became an early supporter of Barack Obama and one analysis estimates she delivered over a million votes in the Presidential Election.
Oprah now owns her own TV Network called OWN.
Posted on Wed, December 5, 2012
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