THE ‘OH!’EFFECT

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  • PHOTOGRAPH: CONTOUR BY GETTY IMAGES/ VERA ANDERSON

PHOTOGRAPH: CONTOUR BY GETTY IMAGES/ VERA ANDERSON

PHOTOGRAPH: CONTOUR BY GETTY IMAGES/ VERA ANDERSON

Oprah Winfrey

Nationality: American
Designation: Talk show host/ Philanthropist

The woman who spent her first six years living in rural poverty, conditions so poor, that she often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which the local children made fun of her.

Oprah Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer,and philanthropist. Oprah is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show from 1986 to 2011.Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century.

Oprah was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood. Her grandmother, Hattie Mae (Presley) Lee, taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed “The Preacher” for her ability to recite Bible verses.

Oprah landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19.She went on to launch her own show and made a name for herself, achieving heights at which she is today.

Oprah later acknowledged her grandmother’s influence, saying it was Hattie Mae who had encouraged her to speak in public and “gave me a positive sense of myself”.

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