Oprah Winfrey
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Oprah Winfrey

Famous As
Entrepreneur, producer, actress
Birth Name
Oprah Gail Winfrey
Birth Date
Jan 29, 1954
Birth Place
Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
Oprah Winfrey Trivia
  1. In February 2003 she was listed in Forbes' Billionare list, making her the first African American woman to do so.

  2. Ranked 1st on Forbes magazine's annual list of "100 Most Powerful Celebrities" in June 2007 and again in June 2008.

  3. Challenged herself to become a vegan for 21 days in order to detox her body (May 2008).

  4. Was awarded (1st) 50th Anniversary Medal by National Book Foundation, NYC, Nov 1999.

  5. Learned to read at age 2½.

  6. Ranked #1 on VH1's list of the "200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons" (2003).

  7. Received an honorary National Book Award for her "influential contribution to reading and books" (October 1999).

  8. Along with Stedman Graham they're teaching "Dynamics of Leadership" class at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management (fall 1999).

  9. Chosen as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine (1997).

  10. She's been reported to receive $130,000,000 for continuing her talk show through the 1999-2000 TV season (September 15, 1997).

  11. Placed on the No. 1 spot in OK! magazine Top 10 Female Breadwinners countdown in 2007, with a $1.5 billion net worth.

  12. Included in Time magazine's annual list of 100 Most Influential in May 2007.

  13. Included in People magazine's annual "100 Most Beautiful People" list in April 2007.

  14. Voted the "Model for Healthy Living" in a poll by healthy living brand Lime in March 2007.

  15. Opened her second school for poor South African youth, the "Seven Fountains Primary School," on March 16, 2007.

  16. Is the World's Richest Female Entertainer according to Forbes magazine's list of the "20 Richest Women In Entertainment", with an estimated worth of 1.5 billion dollars (January 2007).

  17. Has been listed in People magazine's annual "50 Most Beautiful People" list conducted in April 2005.

  18. Opened the "Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls" in the small town of Henley-on-Klip, south of Johannesburg in South Africa on January 2, 2007.

  19. Was voted the 2006 's Best Celebrity Dog Owner according to a three-month online poll by readers of The New York Dog and The Hollywood Dog magazines.

  20. Ranked 7th on the Hollywood Reporter's 15th annual Women in Entertainment Power 100 list.

  21. Was born at 7:51 PM EST.

  22. Chosen as the 2nd celebrity people would like to have as their substitute teacher, in an online poll conducted by National Education Association in November 2006, with 24 percent of the vote.

  23. Gave away $1,000 debit cards, sponsored by the Bank of America to donate to a charitable cause, to more than 300 audience members of her famous "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Oct 2006).

  24. Along with Bono of U2 expanding AIDS project, hit the Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" on Oct 12, 2006 for a shopping spree to promote a new line of clothing, accessories and gadgets, including a special-edition iPod, to raise money to fight AIDS in Africa.

  25. Comes 4th in Forbes magazine's list of the Most Trusted Celebrities in America (September 2006).

  26. Returned to her home state of Kosciusko on September 4th, 2006 to dedicate a state-of-the-art Boys&Girls Club she helped sponsor.

  27. Makes the list of Vanity Fair's 67th annual International Best-Dressed.

  28. Secured the 3rd position on Forbes magazine's annual list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Stars (June 2006).

  29. Visited Native Americans at the Navajo Nation on May 31st, 2006 in order to collect footage for an upcoming episode of her talk show.

  30. Signed a deal with the publisher Simon & Schuster to write a book about weight control which will be co-written with her personal fitness trainer, Bob Greene (May 2006).

  31. Has her name listed on Forbes list of "Hollywood's 10 Most Generous Entertainers" (May 12, 2006).

  32. In February 2006 she signed a three-year, $55 million deal with XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. to introduce a channel on the top U.S. subscription radio service called "Oprah And Friends."

  33. Has been named as one of the Top Newsmakers for 2005 by US TV show Access Hollywood (December 2005).

  34. In December 2005 her private plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Santa Barbara after a collision with a bird cracked the windshield.

  35. Agreed to invest more than $1 million in a Broadway musical version of Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple", for which she ever performed and was nominated for an Oscar (September 2005).

  36. Was one among few celebrities who have made it onto Forbes magazine's 400 Richest People in America, in which she came at 4th with $1.4 billion fortunes (September 2005).

  37. Released "The Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary DVD Collection" via Winfrey's Harpo Productions Inc. as a way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her show (July 2005).

  38. Received the National Freedom Award in November 2005 from National Civil Rights Museum for her work to improve the lives of poor children in Africa.

  39. Earned a spot on the Vanity Fair Best-Dressed list for a second year in a row by March 2005.

  40. Involved in the passage of the "Oprah Bill" in early 1990s, which was later signed into law by President Bill Clinton and is aimed at stopping child abuse.

  41. Has had a baby when she was just 14 and after 2 weeks the baby died from complications of being born 2 months premature.

  42. Builds Harpo Productions, Inc., which name is Oprah spelled backwards and also the name of a character in her debut film "The Color Purple" (1985) played by Willard E. Pug.

  43. Has become the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show.

  44. Was elected to the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, NY.

  45. Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1985" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 37.

  46. Listed in Entertainment Weekly's list of the Most Powerful People in Industry; #1 in 1998 and #6 in 1999, becoming the only African-American woman performer ranked that high.

  47. Publishes her own magazines "O, The Oprah Magazine" and "O at Home," and has the women's cable television network dubbed Oxygen.

  48. Starts The Angel Network, an organization that collects millions of dollars a year for charities.

  49. Was once chosen to serve on a murder trial jury in Chicago, Illinois.

  50. Was the youngest news anchor and the first African-American female news anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV.

  51. Got her first pair of shoes in 1959 at age 6.

  52. Began her career in broadcasting at age 19.

  53. Her original name Orpah was misspelled on her birth certificate.

  54. "O" and "Deepak Oprah" are her two nicknames.