Oprah Winfrey: a Biography Helen S. Garson

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OPRAH WINFREY:
A BIOGRAPHY
HELEN S. GARSON

BY
SOHAIL AHMED

INDEX

Chapter 1 Claim to Fame
Chapter 2 God Made or Self Made
Chapter 3 Place in the history of the world
Chapter 4 Lessons Learnt
Chapter 5 Conclusion

Chapter 1
Claim to Fame

Orpah Gail Winfrey is a symbol of woman power in a male dominated society and a symbol of black success in a racist environment. She is the third most powerful woman in the world. Kindness, generosity and drive to achieve the ultimate are characteristics which have been synonymous with her. The pinnacle of success which she has reached today has come at a price. She had a tragic childhood and disturbing adolescence.

Lady O started her carrier as news anchor in radio station first and later she shifted to television studio. Because of her extra-ordinary talent Oprah Winfrey got promotion in her job very soon. More than 20 million Americans were the viewers of her program and later those programs were broadcasted worldwide, this brings Oprah Winfrey world fame. She pursued B.A. in speech and arts at Tennessee state university. She was too busy trying to be a regular human being to participate and have “black power and anger.” She felt that she was hated in college because of her lack of participation and because she never spoke in dialect. She was harassed for “talking proper like white folks; for selling out.” She was known as “the Oreo Cookie” black on the outside but white on the inside. She was graduated as an Honor student. She was the first ranker in entertainment weekly in 1998. She was dropped to sixth rank in 1999; still she was the highest ranked performer and also highest ranked women. Oprah Winfrey was the only African-American who entered in the list. Also it should be noted that she was the first black woman to enter in the millionaire list.

Her name is synonymous with talk shows. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was her claim to fame. Since then she has been inseparable from the television industry. The viewership of this show consists of 107 countries and therefore the views expressed are accepted by a housewife in India as well as businessman in Europe. Her power to influence political bent of people all around the world has been witnessed by all. The book clubs on her show induced people all around America to buy the book. This meant royalties to the publisher, authors and her as well. Oprah Winfrey also got chance to act in a Spielberg’s movie. She used that chance effectively and succeeds in film industry too.

She gave as much to charity as she earned. The Oprah Winfrey Foundation was established in 1987 which works towards child and woman welfare and campaigns against child abusers. She also established Oprah’s Angel Network in 1998 which raises money for charitable causes all over the world. The Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program, which gives scholarships to students determined to use their education to give back to their communities, in the United States and abroad. Oprah is making a difference in the lives of children by partnering with the South African Ministry of Education to build public schools for girls, providing them with the opportunity for an education and a chance for a better future. The Oprah Winfrey Foundations continue to expand Oprah's global humanitarian efforts in developing countries. Oprah’s Bill which was signed by the president Bill Clinton in 1993 and it became the National Child Protection Act, which is mainly for establishing a national level registry of convicted child abusers. She also bagged two times “People’s Choice Award” and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, the International Radio Television Society Foundation Gold Medal Award, the National Boo Foundation’s Fiftieth Anniversary Gold Medal, the NAACP...
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