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A Mega Celebrity Quiz | Reading, Intermediate English

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Who is Oprah?

Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist.

She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. It was broadcast from Chicago and it was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. Her show was syndicated nationally for 25 years, starting in 1986. 

Winfrey was dubbed the “Queen of All Media,” and she was the richest African American of the 20th century. In fact, she was North America’s first black multi-billionaire, and she has been ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history. By 2007, she was sometimes ranked as the most influential woman in the world.


Oprah’s Early Life

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a single mother. She says that she was molested during her childhood and early teens. When Winfrey was a teenager, she became pregnant. Her son was born prematurely and died in infancy.

Then Winfrey was sent to live with her father, Vernon Winfrey, who was a barber in Tennessee. She was able to get a job in radio while still in high school. By 19, she managed to become the co-anchor for the local evening news. Winfrey’s delivery of the news was often emotional and unconventional, which led people to criticize her performance. 

Eventually, she was able to transfer to a daytime talk show, where her style was a better match. After boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.


The Oprah Method

Winfrey is credited with creating a more intimate, confessional form of media communication. She popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

By the mid-1990s, Winfrey had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and spirituality. Winfrey also emerged as a political force in the 2008 presidential race, with her endorsement of Barack Obama.

In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from the universities Duke and Harvard. In 2008, she formed her own network, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).