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20. Oprah Winfrey: Her Incredible Life
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful
in the history of the United States of
. Winfrey was born in a small town in
in 1954 into a poor family. She is
one of the richest people in the world,
the richest black Americans in the country. She
also named as the richest African American in
20th Century. Winfrey is known to most Americans
her daytime show called "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
show is very popular among television viewers because
likes to tackle the tough issues many other
TV hosts avoid.
Winfrey's early life was difficult.
lived with her mother and grandmother at times.
living with her grandmother, she learned to read
the age of three, and had memorized many
passages. Her mother was an unwed teenager at
time of her birth, and had a difficult
raising her. Winfrey had two half-sisters. One died
as a result of cocaine addiction, and she
not learn about her other sister until 2010.
also was not certain who her father was.
suffered from sexual abuse from her uncle, cousin,
family friend, and became pregnant at 14. She
her baby shortly after birth though. Winfrey survived
early years, and at 17 won a local
contest before getting her first break in the
industry as a radio newscaster. This was her
step into the media market.
Her show began
Chicago in 1983, and within a few years,
became the No. 1 daytime, talk show in
country. She has interviewed some of the most
people in the country on her popular show.
starred in the movie The Color Purple, and
owns her own production company called Harpo Films.
is a philanthropist who is famous for her
, and remains one of the most influential Americans