People in more than 132 countries watch “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. On this TV talk show, ordinary people talk about their problems and Oprah helps them. She lives in a wonderful apartment in Chicago, and has a farm and a house in the mountains. She has great cars and a plane too. But Oprah Winfrey was not always rich and famous.
What sort of life did Oprah have as a child?
Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954 in Mississippi, USA. Her family didn’t have a lot of money. Oprah could read and write when she was three and she loved books. She worked hard and was an excellent student at school, but she left college when she was nineteen and didn’t finish her education.
How did she start her successful career?
She wanted to be famous and found a job on TV. She was the first woman and the first black person to read the TV news in Nashville. In 1977, she had her first TV talk show. In 1984, she moved to Chicago and started “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. It was a great success.
What did she do later?
In 1985, Oprah acted in Steven Spielberg’s movie “The color purple”. She didn’t have any children, but she used her success to help other people’s children. She gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to students so they could go to college and in 1997 she started the charity Angel Network to build houses for people in need.