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Oprah Winfrey Essay Research Paper OPRAH GAIL

Oprah Winfrey Essay, Research Paper


Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi to Vernita Lee and Vernon Winfrey. Her parents originally planned to name her Orpah, but the midwife made a mistake on the birth certificate.

Up until the age of 6 Oprah lived with her grandmother. After this Oprah went to live with her mother and two half brothers in Milwaukee. Instead of living on a farm she now lived in the ghetto. While Oprah was living with her mother who gave her no supervision, she became out of control. Her mother Vernita could no longer handle her, so she was sent to Nashville to live with her father Vernon and his wife, Zelma.

Her father who was a barber became a city council member and was a strict disciplinarian. He demanded that Oprah add five new words to her vocabulary before she had her dinner each evening. Under these conditions Oprah became an excellent student. At the age of 16 she won an oratorical that guaranteed her a full scholarship to the University of Tennessee.

After graduating in 1976, Oprah was offered a job from the ABC affiliate in Baltimore. In 1984, Winfrey and her producer moved to Chicago to liven up an A.M. Chicago Show. In 1985, the show was renamed the Oprah Winfrey Show. In 1986, She formed a Production company called Harpo Inc. (The name Harpo is her first name spelled backwards.)

Oprah was not only a talk show host, she was an actress who played in various movies, which were: The Color Purple, Native Son, The Women Brewster and beloved

Oprah?s Angel Network

5 ways to be an Angel

This network started September 18, 1997. This program was designed to show you how you can improve your life and the world. Some important things that are involved in the Angel Network are:

1. Creating the World?s Largest Piggy Bank to raise money for needy students.

a. All money will go into one big scholarship fund that will send needy students to college.

2. Building an Oprah House for needy families.

a. The object of this is to build 205 houses this year-one in every city with a station that carries the Oprah show.

3. Do Your Job For Free.

a. This idea does exactly what it says, help someone for free with anything.

4. Help at Your Child?s School.

a. This includes things from painting to teaching a child to read.

5. Create Your Own Miracle

a. Find other ways to help other people.


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