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Transcript of Oprah Winfrey
nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Helped produce the Broadway version of The Color Purple In October 1998
Winfrey produced and starred in the film Beloved. To prepare for her role as Sethe, the protagonist and former slave, Winfrey experienced a 24-hour simulation of the experience of slavery, which included being tied up and blindfolded and left alone in the woods.
In 2005, Harpo Productions released a film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The made-for-television film was based upon a teleplay by Suzan-Lori Parks, and starred Halle Berry in the lead female role. Personal Life Winfrey currently lives on her 42-acre estate in Montecito, California. Plus she owns a house in Lavallette, New Jersey, an apartment in Chicago, an estate on Fisher Island, Florida, a house in Douglasville, Georgia, a ski house in Telluride, Colorado, and property on Maui, Hawaii and Antigua. Winfrey and her boyfriend Stedman Graham have been together since 1986. They were engaged to be married in November 1992, but the ceremony never took place. Influence Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe. Timeline 1954-January 29 Oprah was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi
1970-Started reading the news at WVOL local radio station in Nashville while still in high school.
1973-Becomes the youngest person and first African-American woman TV news anchor at WTVF-TV in Nashville.
1983-1984- Moves to Chicago and hosts A.M. Chicago, WLS-TV's morning talk show.
1987- February 9 Oprah aires what is considered to be her best show from Forsyth County, Georgia, where no blacks had been allowed since 1912.
1989- Honored with the Entertainer of the Year Award of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
1991- Initiates the National Child Protection Act and testifies before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a database of child abusers. (Got signed in 1993 by Bill Clinton)
1992-Oprah and Stedman Graham become engaged.
2004- Called one of the most influential people in the world according to Time Magazine. Honored with the Global Humanitarian Action Award of the U.N & U.S.
2005- Number 9 in the list of The Greatest Americans in history.
2007-Honored with the Humanitarian Award by the The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity.
2008- Oprah's Big Give, produced by Harpo Productions, millions of dollars are given to improve many people's life. She used her wealth to bring positive change. Oprah was more than a daytime television program. She lived the American dream. She rose from humble beginnings to become on of the richest, most powerful people in the world. She influenced other talk show host.
“I don’t think there is a talk show host in the world now who hasn’t studied Oprah and thought, I’m going to be the next Oprah,” said Ellis Cashmore, author of the book ‘Celebrity/Culture.’ “Every talk show host has some semblance of Oprah. Her fingerprints are everywhere.”
She has influenced many like a woman named Georgia Garman who wrote to Oprah telling her that she taught her so much when she was a mom with a new baby. "It helped me go through tough times, and helped my mom, too." Said Georgia.
As a public figure, Oprah's influence is far reaching. Connected to her audience and her peers, she interacts with people in all walks of life. Winfrey is broadly recognized as a brilliant business woman; an articulate and compassionate television host; an accomplished actress, producer, publisher, and educator; and a passionate spokes-woman for social causes. Her name and reputation warrant a great deal of respect and her worldwide exposure is overwhelming. Helping Others As a generous wealthy donor, Winfrey takes a hands-on approach in making a difference in the world, often becoming involved in the causes and in promoting the organizations or causes to which she donates. The Oprah Winfrey Foundation has been an avenue for her substantial philanthropy. Additionally, she provides information on many venues through which her viewers and followers can become involved in the many issues or organizations she has highlighted throughout her career, ranging from Habitat for Humanity to Heifer International to women's education to child abuse and neglect. In 2007 she opened a $40-million school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa. The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls is a girls-only that officially opened in January 2007. Inspired by her own humble beginnings and disadvantaged background, stated that she founded the Leadership Academy to provide educational and leadership opportunities for academically gifted girls from impoverished backgrounds in South Africa who exhibited leadership qualities for making a difference in the world.