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And here we thought she was omniscient. Oprah Winfrey cops to being caught off guard upon learning - and not directly, but through a New York Daily News reporter's request for comment - that her father is penning a book about her. "I was upset. I won't say 'devastated,' but I was stunned," Oprah tells the News. "The last person in the world to be doing a book about me is Vernon Winfrey. The last person."

At age 14 and pregnant, Oprah left her mother's home in Milwaukee to live with her father in Nashville. When her baby died weeks after his birth, Oprah credits Dad with teaching her how to move on. As such, "I would have preferred to have known [he] was working on this. It would have been a nice gesture."