Oprah Winfrey: From Disparity To Popularity

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Oprah Winfrey: From Disparity to Popularity People go through traumatic events at a very young age. From sexual abuses, to drug abuses, to poverty, and multiple other issues. But did you know that one of Hollywood’s most famous stars went through this too? Oprah Winfrey went through all of these issues in her childhood, and has managed to turn her life around, overcome these trying circumstances, and become one of the most successful people in the world today. Oprah’s early life was a very trying and traumatic time in Oprah’s life. Oprah’s life began January 29th, 1954. Oprah was born to Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee in Kosciusko, Mississippi. At the time of Oprah’s birth neither of Oprah’s parents took her, she went to live on…show more content…
Oprah became quite popular at her new school and was invited to many of her classmates homes (Westen 27). Oprah would often make up lies about her family life so she would fit in with all of her rich classmates. Out of the two thousand students at Oprah’s highschool she was the only one who was African American (Westen 28). Despite Oprah’s differences she still thrived and was quite popular. Oprah once stated, “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism” (“Oprah…show more content…
In 1986 Oprah was nominated for an Academy Award for best supporting actress. In 1992 she won Best Talk Show host at the Daytime Emmy Awards. And in 2006 she starred in Charlotte’s Web as the voice of Gussy. She also starred in a Nickelodeon show called Drake and Josh and had an iconic scene among the younger generation of the time. She was also recognized as one of the most influential people of 2006 by Time (“Oprah Winfrey Timeline”). In 2007 Oprah campaigned for Barack Obama in the presidential election, this brought President Obama a lot of new attention that he might not have gotten if Oprah hadn’t campaigned for him. Oprah continued to be a very influential person in America and all over the world (“Oprah
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