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American media personality, Academy Award nominated actress, producer, literary critic and magazine publisher.


Oprah Gail Winfrey is best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. It has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Oprah Winfrey has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century and beyond. She was once the world's only black billionaire.

Oprah Winfrey Info

Birth nameOrpah Gail Winfrey
Date of BirthJanuary 29, 1954
Place of BirthKosciusko, Mississippi, United States
OccupationsTalk show host, media proprietor, actress
ResidenceChicago, Illinois, United States
PartnerStedman Graham
Net worth< $2.4 billion (Mar. 2010)
Salary$385 million (2008)
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 We’re taking it slow. I think it’s about building a relationship one conversation — one experience — at a time, 
— Oprah Winfrey is taking things slow in building up a relationship with half sister Patricia / January 26, 2011
 I think we have the common interest of our mother. Everybody who’s dealing with an ailing parent understands that process of getting care for them. And we’re speaking regularly about that. She coming into the family at this time has been a great peace offering, a great symbol of peace-making in this family. I would say I see her as a gift. 
— Oprah Winfrey about her half sister Patricia / January 26, 2011
 I went into the ugly cry on the air and I made a rule that I was never to be surprised again on air. I don’t want to lose that kind of control. If you’ve ever looked at that tape, snot’s running out of my nose and I had such a headache that I couldn’t focus. I don’t handle surprise very well. 
— Oprah Winfrey bans surprise guests on the Oprah Winfrey show / August 25, 2010
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 Actually, Stedman asked me to marry him and, at first, I said yes. But it turned out that I wanted to be asked to be married more than I wanted to be married. Everybody was going to give me a… [bridal] shower. And I was saying, ‘I don’t want this, I don’t want this’… It just felt like the wrong thing for me. This was at the same time I was supposed to have the book coming out… September 14 or something, and our wedding had been scheduled for September 8. We had a date and everything. So Stedman says, ‘Well, I don’t want to have my wedding in competition with your book’. And I remember thinking, ‘Yes! Really? OK, great!’ I ended up canceling both and we have never discussed it since that day. 
— Oprah Winfrey canceled a wedding once because she didn't want to get married / April 08, 2010
 This whole roller coaster that happens to you when you're passionate about something - she wasn't even thinking of being an actress; she just auditioned, 
— Oprah Winfrey on Gabourey Sidibe / March 09, 2010
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 And now here she is, being nominated alongside Meryl Streep, who is the greatest actress in the world, with Sean Penn reading her name. Only in America. 
— Oprah Winfrey on Gabourey Sidibe / March 09, 2010