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Oprah Winfrey Biography

Birth Name:
Orpah Gail Winfrey
Birth Place:
Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Profession
Talk-show host, actor, producer

Fast Facts

  • Won Miss Black Tennessee pageant and competed in Miss Black America pageant in 1971
  • At age 19, became the first black anchor on a Nashville nightly newscast, working first at WVOL before moving to the CBS affiliate WTFV-TV in 1975
  • Received the International Radio and Television Society's Broadcaster of the Year award in 1988, making her the youngest---and first black female---recipient
  • Received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Morehouse College in 1989
  • Received a total of 39 Daytime Emmy awards: seven for Outstanding Host; nine for Outstanding Talk Show; 21 in the Creative Arts categories
  • After receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, she permanently withdrew her name from Daytime Emmy Award consideration
  • Initiated a campaign to establish a national database of convicted child abusers, and testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of the National Child Protection Act in 1991
  • As a result, President Clinton signed the "Oprah Bill" into law on Dec
  • 20, 1993, establishing the national database used by law-enforcement agencies around the world
  • First black woman named to Forbes magazine's billionaire list in 2003
  • Formed her own production company, Harpo (Oprah spelled backwards), in 1986 to produce films, videos and television movies of social importance

Awards

  • 2020Producers Guild Awards-David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television: nominated
  • 2019Emmy-Outstanding Limited Series: nominated
  • 2017Emmy-Outstanding Television Movie: nominated
  • 2015Independent Spirit Awards-Best Feature: nominated
  • 2014Critics' Choice Movie Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2014Oscar-Best Motion Picture of the Year: nominated
  • 2014BAFTA Film Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2014Emmy-Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special: nominated
  • 2013Emmy-Outstanding Informational Series or Special: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2013Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2004People's Choice Awards-Favorite Talk Show Host: winner
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Made for Television Movie: winner
  • 1998People's Choice Awards-Favorite Female TV Performer: winner
  • 1997People's Choice Awards-Favorite Female TV Performer: winner
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Informational Special: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: nominated
  • 1989Emmy-Outstanding Miniseries: nominated
  • 1988People's Choice Awards-Favorite Talk Show Host: winner
  • 1986Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 1985Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: nominated

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