“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”
The Queen of Media, Oprah Gail Winfrey, was born on January 29 in the year 1954. Today, she celebrates the 62nd year of her life. Best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah is one of the greatest black philanthropist in the American history and is also one of the most influential women in the world.
On her 62nd birthday today, we have collected some lesser-known facts that you definitely should not miss about her:
Oprah Winfrey is 89 percent Sub-Saharan African, 8 percent Native American, and 3 percent East Asian.
Winfrey has spent her early years in extreme poverty. She lived with her mother and grandmother and was so poor that she often wore dresses made of potato sacks.
Her grandmother taught her to read and she could fluently recite verses from the Bible at the age of three. She was even nicknamed ‘The Preacher’ for this ability.
Oprah’s grandmother used to hit her with a stick when she did not do chores or misbehaved in any way.
At 13, after suffering years of abuse, Winfrey ran away from home.
At the age of 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. It was after winning the beauty pageant, she attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do part-time news.
The Oprah Winfrey Show was originally called AM Chicago. The first episode of the show was so successful that the show was renamed as The Oprah Winfrey Show and was also expanded from half hour to a full hour.
In 1985, Winfrey starred in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple as distraught housewife, Sofia. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.
Winfrey has co-authored five books. Her memoir, The Life You Want, is planned for publication in the year 2017.
Oprah.com gets more than 70 million page views, over six million users per month, and approximately 20,000 e-mails each week.
Winfrey was called ‘arguably the world’s most powerful woman’ by CNN and Time.
She has also been honoured with the ‘arguably the most influential woman in the world’ title by The American Spectator.
The Wall Street Journal coined the term ‘Oprahfication’ in her honour, meaning public confession as a form of therapy.
Happy birthday dear Oprah….keep Oprahficating. ..
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