In Steven Spielberg’s movie Purple Color (about the life of African-Americans at the turn of the 19th to 20th centuries), she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
American television presenter Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, in the small town of Kosciusko, Mississippi. She was raised by a single mother, in poverty.
Her name Oprah was originally originally written by Orpah, after one female from the Bible (Old Testament). No one in her family, however, knew how to pronounce Orpah, so they changed that name to Oprah. According to another story, her name was misspelled at the maternity ward.
She had a difficult childhood. At 9, she was raped, and at 14, she became pregnant. Her son later died as a newborn baby.
She started working on radio and then television where she proved to be extremely talented as a presenter for creating an intimate and emotional atmosphere.
Since 1986, her Oprah show has aired, which has made her famous and considered the most influential person in show business. She is also known for her role in Steven Spielberg’s film Purple Color (about the life of African-Americans at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
She became the first African-American to earn $ 1 billion, and according to 2010 figures, she totaled over $ 2.7 billion, making her the richest woman in the U.S. who did not inherit a fortune.
Her support for Barack Obama has earned him a significant amount of votes in his bid for the US presidency, and especially in the battle for the Democratic nomination.