Quick Life Journey of Oprah Winfrey

1.she was brought up by her maternal grandparents Hattie Mae and Earless Lee in Mississippi, up to the age for 6.

2.Her parents, Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee, met sexually only once before conceiving her and the wheels came off the relationship soon afterward.

3.Two days after kindergarten, she wrote to her teacher saying: “I don’t think I belong here ’cause I know a lot of big words.” The teacher agreed and she skipped to first grade.

4.She said she learned to read at the age of 3

5.During high school, Oprah saw a Jackson Five concert at the Municipal Auditorium in Nashville. She’d later have a grown-up Michael Jackson a guest on her show.

6.When she was 14, she became pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy. He died shortly after birth.

7.At some point in her teens, she experimented with drugs including cocaine.

8.Under the supervision of her stepmother, Velman, she memorizes 20 new vocabulary words a week as a teen.

9.Between ages 9 and 14 she was sexually abused by a distant relative.

10.She completed her higher education with honors as well. She graduated from Tennessee State University, with degrees in speech communications and performing arts.

11.She won several beauty pageants including Miss Fire Prevention in Nashville, and Miss Black Tennessee.

12. While finishing high school, she got her first job at a Nashville radio station.

13.In her first job, at a Nashville TV station, she was the youngest news anchor — she was only 19.

14.She currently lives on “The Promised Land”, her 42-acre estate with ocean and mountain views in Montecito, California. Oprah also owns a house in Lavallette, New Jersey; an apartment in Chicago; an estate on Fisher Island, Florida; a ski house in Telluride, Colorado; and property on Maui, Hawaii and Antigua.

15.She made a guest appearance in a 1983 episode of “All My Children.”

16. In 1998 she received the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award after which she withdrew from future Emmy consideration.

17.In her very first talk show, “People Are Talking” in 1978, she had as guest the owner of the local Carvel ice cream store.

18. The theme of her first nationally televised “Oprah Winfrey Show,” on Sept. 8, 1986, was how to catch a man.

19. She begins her days with a prayer or meditation.

20.At the peak of its rating, during 1991 and 1992, “The Oprah Winfrey Show” amassed about 13 million viewers each night.

21.In 1998, she created the Oprah’s Angel Network, a charity that supported charitable projects and provided grants to nonprofit organizations around the world. The organization raised more than $80,000,000. Oprah personally covered all administrative costs associated with the charity, so 100% of all funds raised went to charity programs.

22.In 1988, she underwent a liquid diet regime which allowed her to lose 67 pounds in just four months. However, she put on back the weight two years later.

23.Over the several years, she sponsored about 100 black men through college with a $7 million in scholarships.

24.Her legendary TV career has earned her 39 Emmys, on top of Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for “The Color Purple” in 1985.

25.In 2004, she became the first black person to rank among the 50 most generous Americans and she remained among the top 50 until 2010. By 2012 she had given away about $400 million to the educational cause.

Photo Credit: George Burns
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