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Biography of Oprah Winfrey Essay

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Oprah Gail Winfrey, a famous black writer, talk show host, and actress, was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi .She was born to unwed, teenage parents. Her mother Vernita Lee was eighteen and a housemaid. Her father Vernon Winfrey was twenty and in the armed forces. Winfrey was named Orpah from the Book of Ruth in the Bible, but her name was later changed to Oprah because it was easier to pronounce.
As a youth, Winfrey moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother. Her mother's lack of supervision enabled several male relatives and friends to sexually abuse Winfrey. The abuse caused Winfrey to run away on many occasions. Winfrey then started to makeup stories to get her mother's attention. At age fourteen, she gave birth to
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In June, 1988, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" received its second consecutive Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Talk/Service Program, and she herself received the International Radio and Television Society's "Broadcaster of the Year" Award. She was the youngest person and only the fifth woman ever to receive the honor in IRTS's 25-year history.
Winfrey changed her career from broadcasting to acting when she starred in Alice Walker's film “The Color Purple”. Her performance in the film earned her an Academy Award for "best supporting actress" and nominations for a Golden Globe for "best supporting actress." Later, she produced Gloria Naylor's novel “The Women of Brewster Place”, which led to a network series, Brewster Place. She owns screen rights to “Kaffir Boy”, an autobiography by South African writer Mark Mathabane. Winfrey has partnership in three network affiliated stations and has an interest in The Eccentric, a Chicago restaurant.
In 1991, motivated in part by her own memories of childhood abuse, she initiated a campaign to establish a national database of convicted child abusers, and testified before a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on behalf of a National Child Protection Act designed to President Clinton signed the "Oprah Bill" into law in 1993, establishing the national database she had sought, which is now available to law enforcement agencies and
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