Oprah in 6 Highlights
Oprah started out in media in 1971. After winning the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant, she caught the attention of Tennessee radio WVOL, where she became a part-time news reader. At Nashville-based WLAC-TV, she became the station's youngest AND first black female news anchor. Later, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' first aired nationally in 1986. The show aired until 2011 and is still the highest-rated daytime talk show in American TV history.
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Among other things, The Oprah Winfrey Show was especially known and loved for its giveaways. many time, Oprah has surprised members of her audience with various gifts. In the 19th season of her show, Oprah gave all 276 members of her studio audience a FREE car! Imagine that!
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The "Oprah Effect"
Why is Oprah considered the most influential woman in the world by so many? It has a lot to do with the so-called "Oprah Effect". We've seen many examples of this: whenever Oprah used to mention products or books on her show, the public took interest, skyrocketing often obscure into the spotlight. She even helped launch Dr. Phil’s TV career!
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The First Black Female Billionaire
Oprah Winfrey is the first black woman to become a billionaire.
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After a rocky series of failed relationships, Oprah met her partner Stedman Graham. They have been together since 1986.
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In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, by former President Barack Obama.
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