Oprah by Kitty KelleyI am a serious un-fan of Oprahs, but this book is so mean-spirited it made me feel dirty to read it. And I dont mean the dirt: she was pregnant at 14! She was a prostitute! She did crack cocaine! She let men treat her like trash! Nothing wrong with Kelly reporting all that as those may be facts unknown to readers who havent watched a lot of Oprah or read a lot of tabloids, but how many times do we need to be told about Oprahs love of fried chicken or how dark skinned she is?
Apparently Oprah is the only person in America who isnt allowed to hate her high school or college without it being a symptom of underlying pathology. Oh, and Oprah breaks off contact with people who sell stories about her or who portray her publicly in a negative light? Im sorry, but who wouldnt do that? That hardly rates up there on the bad things about Oprah list with encouraging rampant materialism and flogging an unending stream of egocentric masturbatory self-help nonsense for two and a half decades.
Kelly undermines the purported objectivity of this biography by never using a neutral word choice when a derogatory one can be used instead. Her constant barrage of petty sniping detracts from the real critiques to be made, leaving me no more or less respectful of Oprah but awfully sure I wouldnt want to sit next to Kitty Kelly at a dinner party.
15 Things You Didn't Know About Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Gail Winfrey born Orpah Gail Winfrey ,  January 29, is an American media executive , actress , talk show host , television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show , broadcast from Chicago , which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from to Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news. Winfrey's often emotional, extemporaneous delivery eventually led to her transfer to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place,  she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
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America's first lady of talk shows, Oprah Winfrey is well known for surpassing her competition to become the most watched daytime show host on television. - Is there anything that Oprah Winfrey can't do? In the over three decades since the Queen of All Media, who's turning the big on January 29, became a household name, she's proven that she's a powerhouse at just about everything she puts her mind to.
Today I'm sharing some surprising facts about the "Queen of Media. Winfrey was named "Orpah" after the biblical character in the Book of Ruth on her birth certificate, but people mispronounced it regularly and "Oprah" stuck As a child, Oprah Winfrey was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses as her grandmother often took her to church Winfrey was born the daughter of an unwed teen. At age 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. Oprah Winfrey's family was so poor growing up that, as a child, Winfrey was teased at school for wearing dresses made of potato sacks. Winfrey had a son when she was 14 years old who died as an infant. Oprah Winfrey openly discussed her childhood sexual abuse suffered at the hands of male relatives and her mother's friends on a special episode of her show focusing on sexual abuse in Winfrey has donated her voice for an array cartoon characters, voicing Gussie the goose for Charlotte's Web, and Eudora, the mother of Princess Tiana in Disney's The Princess and the Frog , among others.
America's first lady of talk shows, Oprah Gail Winfrey born , is well known for surpassing her competition to become the most watched daytime show host on television. Her natural style with guests and audiences on the Oprah Winfrey Show earned her widespread adoration, as well as her own production company. Her name was supposed to be Orpah, from the Bible, but because of the difficulty of spelling and pronunciation, she was known as Oprah almost from birth. Winfrey's unmarried parents separated soon after she was born and left her in the care of her maternal grandmother on the farm. Winfrey made friends with the farm animals and, under the strict guidance of her grandmother, she learned to read at two and a half years old. She addressed her church congregation about "when Jesus rose on Easter Day" when she was two years old. Then Winfrey skipped kindergarten after writing a note to her teacher on the first day of school saying she belonged in the first grade.
Oprah Gail Winfrey is a talk show host, media executive, actress and billionaire philanthropist. Afterward, she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show. Winfrey was born in the rural town of Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, After a troubled adolescence in a small farming community, where she was sexually abused by a number of male relatives and friends of her mother, Vernita, Winfrey moved to Nashville to live with her father, Vernon, a barber and businessman. In , Winfrey entered Tennessee State University. She began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville. The show became a hit and Winfrey stayed with it for eight years, after which she was recruited by a Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, A.