Bio of Oprah Winfrey

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Phase 1 IP

Polly James

Psyc 101-1204B

Biographical sketch

Phase 1 IP

Part 1

Terry Barrand


Oprah Winfrey is an actress, entrepreneur, producer, philanthropist, talk show host, and a television producer she was born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to an unwed mother. She lived with her mother until her trouble adolescence years where she was abuse sexually by male family members and some of her mother male friends. Oprah moved to Nashville Tennessee where her father lived and by the age of 18 her life seems to get better after winning Ms. Tennessee beauty pageant. She was educated at Tennessee State University where she studied radio and television broadcasting.

Her break came in when she hosted radio and television in Nashville she later moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted a TV chat show. Ms. Winfrey stayed with the company for eight years before landing her own show. She went up against some big names like Phil Donahue, Ricki Lake, and Geraldo whom at the time where the top TV host. When Oprah came alone she became first in ratings by getting over 100,000 more watches, because she brought something different to the table on talk show instead of tabloids and trashy talks she gain the respect of her viewers. She also brought a little of her personal life in to television by losing a total of 90 pounds on the show, but she gained it again and her weight has been an issue thru out her career.

In 1986, The Oprah Winfrey show aired as a nationally syndicated program by the first year the show grossed $125 Million and it showed on 120 channels and her fan was about 12 million people. Her earning for that first year was $30 million. Oprah gain ownership of the program from ABC using her new production company, Harpo Production and it made her more money. "Oprah's Book Club" was started on her television...
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