Fun Fact 2 Oprah Winfrey is famously known as a talk show host. She is
also an actress, producer and philanthropist. A philanthropist is a
person who donates their time or money to charitable causes.
Fun Fact 3: The most famous and well-known talk show hosted by Oprah is
called 'The Oprah Winfrey Show'. This is an American talk show which was
aired from 1986 to 2011 and is currently the highest rated talk show in
Fun Fact 4: Oprah Winfrey produced and hosted her own show for
twenty-five seasons. She is one of the longest standing talk show hosts
in the history of television.
Fun Fact 5: Oprah Winfrey has impacted the lives of many through her
talk shows. She has helped to inspire positivity and spirituality which
has influenced the lives of many.
Fun Fact 6: Oprah Winfrey is a highly successful African American woman,
she is a billionaire and has been ranked the richest African American of
the 20th century.
Fun Fact 7: Oprah Winfrey has been credited many awards for her
outstanding achievements. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of
Freedom which is an award bestowed by the United States President. The
award is only given to individuals who are recognized for making 'an
especially meritorious contribution to the security or national
interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other
significant public or private endeavors.' The award was presented to her
by Barack Obama.
Fun Fact 8: Oprah Winfrey had a difficult childhood. She came from a
single parent family and was raised in poverty. Her life began in a
rural part of America before later moving to Milwaukee, an inner-city
Fun Fact 9: Despite the hardships she faced as a child, Oprah Winfrey
didn't allow this to deter her. She began a job in radio whilst she was
still in high school. She also started co-anchoring the evening news
when she was nineteen years old for her local area.
Fun Fact 10: Oprah Winfrey's was actually named Orpah at birth, however,
because people commonly pronounced her name incorrectly, and in view of
this, the name Oprah, as she is famously known as now, stayed with her!
Fun Fact 11: Oprah Winfrey was raised by her grandmother for the first
six years of her life. Her grandmother taught her to read when she was
Fun Fact 12: Oprah Winfrey ran away from home when she was thirteen to
try to escape the difficulties she had to endure at home. From the age
of six, she had lived with her mother on and off, and she had suffered
abuse at the hands of some family members.
Fun Fact 13: Vernon Winfrey influenced Oprah's life, he was strict and
believed that her education was a priority. He was encouraging when she
came to live with him as a teenager.
Fun Fact 14: Oprah Winfrey became an honors student. She received a full
scholarship to Tennessee State University where she studied
Fun Fact 15: Oprah Winfrey has also appeared in various movies. She
played Sofia in a movie called 'The Color Purple'. She was nominated for
an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.