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Oprah Winfrey Biography

Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey was born on Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States in January 29, 1954. She was child of mother Vernita Lee (born c. 1935) and usually noted biological father Vernon Winfrey (born 1933). Her mother used to work as house maid and her father Winfrey was coal miner, barber later turned Armed force when she was born. However Noah Robinson, Sr. (born c. 1925), has claimed to be her biological father. This black beauty ethnicity belongs to Kpelle group, in the area of Liberia.

She spent her early life with her mother and with her grandmother  Hattie Mae in the north until she was six, who was so poor that she often used to wear dresses made of potato sacks. Before age of three she was taught by her grandmother to read. She was so excellent in the recitation of Bible verses in the church that she was  nicked named  "The Preacher".

Later she joined Lincoln High School but Upward Bound program success led her transferred to the affluent suburban Nicolet High School.

She studied communication in Tennessee State University in full scholarship after she was placed second in dramatic interpretation in national level at at East Nashville High School.

Before Winfrey won Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant at 17,she used to work in local grocery store which was her first teenage job. She also worked in her first two year of college in black radio station, WVOL, where she was hired to do part-time news.

In local media she was youngest and first negro female anchor at at Nashville's WLAC-TV. In 1976 she was co-anchor the six o'clock news  in Baltimore's WJZ-TV.  She also hosted local talk show and the local version of Dialing for Dollars there.

At age of six with her mother she moved to inner city Milwaukee, where she worked as maid. Later she moved to live temporarily in  Nashville with Vernon. Winfrey  In 1986, announced to her viewers that she had asexually abused by her uncle, cousin and family friend at the age of nine.

She ran away at the age of 13 from home after being abused for several years. At 14, she was pregnant with a son who died prematurely.

Winfrey broke up with her high school sweetheart Anthony Otey on Valentine's Day of her senior year as she was destined for greater life.

In 1971, she had die for love affair with William "Bubba" Taylor at Tennessee State University.

She has also relationship with John Tesh, they split up over pressure of having interracial relationship according to Biographer Kitty Kelley.

She also dated movie critic Roger Ebert.

In 1985 before meeting Stedman Graham, she was in relationship with Haitian filmmaker Reginald Chevalier.

And in 1992 Winfrey and her boy friend Stedman Graham were engaged though the ceremony did not took place.

According to Forbes her net worth is  3 billion USD in 2015.

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