Oprah Winfrey Research Paper

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Oprah Winfrey is an entrepreneur and philanthropist known for her award winning show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ (1986-2011). "I don't think of myself as a poor, deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew she was responsible for herself- and I had to make good."-Oprah Winfrey.The queen of talk didn't let sexual abuse, poverty or racism hold her back. She's a media mogul with a soft spot for people and a passion for following her instincts. She is the twentieth century’s richest African American with a net worth of 2.7 billion dollars. In 1973, while only a sophomore in college, she was offered a job as co-news anchor at Nashville's CBS branch, WTVF-TV. She became not only Nashville's first female …show more content…

In 1977, "People Are Talking" aired with Oprah as co-host. She had found her niche. Her interesting ability to connect intellectually and emotionally with an array of topics made the show an instant success. She founded her own production company, Harpo Productions Inc., her name spelled backwards. Harpo Productions Inc. gained the ownership and production rights to the Oprah Winfrey Show from 1998 until it ended. The company produced other programs including ‘The Women of Brewster Place’ and movies like ‘There Are No Children Here’ (1993) and ‘Before Women Had Wings’ (1997). Oprah made her film debut in the 1985 film ‘The Color Purple’. Her movies also include ‘Charlotte’s Web’, ‘Bee Movie’ and ‘The Princess and the Frog’. Oprah revolutionized the ‘trash TV’ format to a more relaxed and informative style and by the end of the 90’s she had completely reformed the way television was run. She is also co-founder of Oxygen Media, which operates the Oxygen Network, a cable network for women reaching more than 54 million viewers. Oprah has authored five books and publishes a magazine ‘O, The Oprah Magazine’. Her website Oprah.com has an average of 70 million views and 6 million users every month.

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