Oprah Winfrey is one of the most exciting, highest paid,and best-loved celebrities in American . She is also the country’stop television a talk show host.Oprah Winfrey is a very fine actress and a successful producer.
She is a living example of what talent,hard work, and determination can do.
Oprah Winfrey has come a long way from her poor childhood home in a small Mississippi town.
She was an unwanted child whose parents never married. She was brought up on her grandmother’s farm. The possibility that she would become rich and famous was not very good.
Oprah’s mother center her child in her mother’s care, so she could go to work in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
It was a strictand difficult life for Oprah. But it also led the way for her future.
She was a highly intelligent child. By the age of three, she had learned to read and write. She also made her first public appearance at that age.
She gave a talk in church, which impressed everyone.” That child is gifted,” people said.Oprah’sintelligence was resented by other children her age.
They called her unkind names and pushed her away. Oprah felt very isolated and unwanted.It made her feel worse that she didn’t live with her mother and father.She felt that no one loved her.
This made her angry,resentful, and rebellious. These feelings brought her much troubleas she was growing up.
She often behaved badly, ausing her grandmother to punish her.
By the time Oprah was seven, she was too much for grandmother to discipline.
Then Oprah went to live with her mother, Vernita, in Milwaukee.Vernita worked very hard atherjob as a housekeeper.
It was hard for her to work and take care of her bcenter, troublesome child. Oprah was a burden, and she knew it.She was difficult child
They lived in poverty in a small apartment in the city. Oprah took out all her angry feelings on her mother.
When Oprah was eight, Vernita sent her to live her fatherandstepmother in Nashville, Tennessee.
But she moved again afewmonths later when Vernita married a man with two children.Vernitawanted Oprah with her and her new family.
Unfortunately feltshedidn’t belong with them. She believed she wasn’t loved byanyone.Her angry and frustration grew stronger.
She struck backbymisbehaving and running away from home.
Her parents foundherimpossible to discipline. When she was 14 they tried to send hertoa special center for troubled girls.
But there was no room forher.So Vernita sent Oprah back to live with her father.
Vernon Winfrey was by then a successful businessman and family man.
He took one look at his daughter and knew she needed guidance, love,and discipline.
He gave her all three. It was a turning pointinOprah’s life. Vernon Winfrey was strict about hisdaughter’seducation.
He gave her homework in addition to herschoolwork. Shewas allowed to watch only one hour of television aday.
She became an A student and a popular girl in her class.Oprah watched Barbara Walters, a famous journalist and interviewer, and decided that was what she wanted to be.
When she was still in highschool, she got apart-time job reading news on the radio.
In hersenior year she wona beauty contest and a four-year scholarship toTennessee StateUniversity.
While still in college she was offered ajob as a newsbroadcaster at a local television station.
She was thefirst femaleand the first African- American newscaster inNashville.
She waspromoted to anchor, the most important positionon the news team,while still a senior.After Oprah graduated she gota job with aBaltimore news station.
But she soon realized thatbroadcastingnews wasn’t enough for her.She had to let herpersonality shinethrough. She wanted to show emotion when she tolda story, not justreport it.
Meanwhile the station manager werethinking the sameway.
They couldn’t stop her from commenting on thenews she read.
They removed her from the anchor spot and wonderedwhat to do withher.
Finally they put her on an early morning talkshow calledPeople Are Talking. No one knew what to expect.
The showwas a greatsuccess. In a very short time, the managers and Oprahall knew whatshe was born to do.
She was funny, witty, charming,warm, andcompassionate. She was everything a talk show host shouldbe.
Shewas so successful that she got show with a bigger stationinChicago.
It was called A. M. Chicago within one month theshow’sratings were the best in years.
Twice she center the show tomakemovies, The Color Purple and Native Son. In 1985 the showwaschanged to The Oprah Winfrey Show.
It was broadcast nationallyandsoon became the most popular talk show on television . By theageof 35, Oprah Winfrey was one of the most famous celebritiesinAmerican.