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Today’s Women Month fact goes to Oprah Winfrey. EVERYONE knows who Oprah is, BUT if you don’t, here’s some of her history.
She started her news career in 1976 in Maryland Baltimore when she hosted a talk show chat and eventually moved on to the morning show. After working for the station for 8 years, she was recruited to Chicago, Illinois to host her own morning show, A.M Chicago. Her show wasn’t the typical women topics but instead controversial and debatable topics. Her high ratings and popularity got her the role in the movie The Color Purple.
After filming the movie, her show A.M Chicago was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1985. By 1986, Oprah’s show was nationally syndicated. Her award-winning show became the go-to show to watch, no matter what your age is. Oprah got more into the business aspect of entertainment when she co-founded the Oxygen network in 1998 and then starting her O Magazine In 2008, Oprah partnered with the Discover Health Channel and eventually the name was switched to OWN, Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011. In that same year of the name change, Oprah ended her show the Oprah Winfrey Show and focused primarily on OWN.
Oprah has made many contributions, including opening a $40 million school for disadvantaged girls in South Africa and she’s produced several shows on her network including Greenleaf. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama.
More recently, she received the Cecil B DeMille at the 2018 Golden Globes this year. EVEN MORE RECENT, her film A Wrinkle In Time, debuted this past Friday March 9th.
Oprah was named the richest woman of the 20th century and has be an influential woman to everyone! She’s done it all from acting, producing and creating and her hard work, dedication and determination has shown through her work. She will forever be THE ONE that people want to be like or, at least, close to it. Her grind doesn’t start.
She is considered to be a mogul, leader and most importantly, a Queen. We love you Oprah!
sources: biography.com; achievement.org; notablebiographies.com