Oprah Winfrey

Talk show host, Actor, Producer
A one-woman multi-media empire simultaneously embraced as a relatable "friend" figure by millions of loyal fans, Oprah Winfrey's business acumen and personal accessibility made her one of the most powerful and beloved ... Read more »
Born: 01/29/1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA

Filmography

Actor (153)

Oprah Presents: Master Class 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Presenter

Oprah's Lifeclass 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2016 (TV Show)

Host

Queen Sugar 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Prime: Iyanla I'll Fix Your House 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Herself

Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Too Darn Hot Party 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Special Appearance

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Annie Lee Cooper (Actor)

The 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Presenter

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013 (Movie)

Gloria Gaines (Actor)

Oprah's Favorite Things 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Decoding Deepak 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Jesus Henry Christ 2012 (Movie)

Oprah (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Prime 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Oprah's Oscar Special 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Host

Under African Skies 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Ellen 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hey, Boo: Harper Lee & To Kill A Mockingbird 2011 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Home Improvement 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 38th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 1992 - 1993, 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Hughleys 1999 - 2000, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Oprah Winfrey Show 1986 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Life 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Host

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Princess and the Frog 2009 (Movie)

Voice of Eudora (Actor)

Bee Movie 2007 (Movie)

Voice of Judge Bumbleton (Actor)

Ocean's 13 2007 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

African American Lives 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlotte's Web 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Gussy the Goose (Actor)

Oprah Winfrey's Legends' Ball 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Host

Emmanuel's Gift 2005 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Red Carpet Confidential 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Host

The 36th Annual NAACP Image Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 50th Anniversary Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Years of Hope and Humor 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Maria Shriver 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cosby Show: A Look Back 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Use Your Life 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Bette! 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kids Pick the Issues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Goes Online 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah Winfrey: Heart of the Matter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2000 Essence Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Maya Angelou 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The 26th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Wallowitch & Ross: This Moment 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

Sethe (Actor)

Quincy Jones -- The First 50 Years 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Steven Spielberg: An Empire of Dreams 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual People's Choice Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Daytime Emmy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrate the Dream: 50 Years of Ebony 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Dinner With Oprah 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

I Am Your Child 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 10th Essence Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1996 Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 24th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 12th Annual Soap Opera Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 23rd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

A Man and a School: The Providence-St. Mel Story 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Narrator

All-American Girl 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 25th Anniversary Essence Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes... 25 Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Donahue: The 25th Anniversary 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Girlfriend 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

I Hate the Way I Look 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Learning Not to Hurt 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Oprah: Behind the Scenes 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Shades of a Single Protein 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Surviving a Break-Up 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Oprah: Behind the Scenes 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Class of the 20th Century 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Essence Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Meaning of Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

America's All-Star Tribute to Oprah Winfrey 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Grammy Legends Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

MDA Jerry Lewis Telethon 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Brewster Place 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Listen Up 1990 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Diet America Challenge 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Just Between Friends 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

No One Dies Alone 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Pee-wee's Playhouse Christmas Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

People Magazine on TV (11/14/88) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 15th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 20th Annual NAACP Image Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special (04/11/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Throw Momma From the Train 1987 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Native Son 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Thomas (Actor)

The Color Purple 1985 (Movie)

Sofia (Actor)

Before Women Had Wings (TV Show)

Actor

Dolly (TV Show)

Actor

Empire (Tv Show)

Actor

Our Friend, Martin (TV Show)

Voice

The Concert for Valor (TV Show)

Special Appearance

The March (TV Show)

Actor

The Women of Brewster Place (TV Show)

Actor

There Are No Children Here (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (21)

Greenleaf 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Belief 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Selma 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Hundred-Foot Journey 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Running from Crazy 2013 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Rachael Ray 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Executive Producer

Precious 2009 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

For One More Day 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Oprah's Big Give 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Great Debaters 2007 (Movie)

(Producer)

Amy and Isabelle 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

David and Lisa 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wedding 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Overexposed 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

It's in the Bag (TV Show)

Producer

Netherland (Movie)

(Producer)

Over-Exposed (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Tuesdays With Morrie (TV Show)

Executive Producer
Executive (6)

Iyanla Fix My Life 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive

Love Thy Neighbor 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive

Oprah: Where Are They Now? 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive

The Haves and the Have Nots 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 2000, 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Executive

The Tyler Perry Show 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive

Wanda Sykes Presents HERLARIOUS 2012 - 2014 (TV Show)

Executive
Music (1)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

("Sethe's Lullbaby" "Pullin' the Skiff") (Song Performer)

Biography

A one-woman multi-media empire simultaneously embraced as a relatable "friend" figure by millions of loyal fans, Oprah Winfrey's business acumen and personal accessibility made her one of the most powerful and beloved figures in America. Winfrey's daytime television staple "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (syndicated, 1986-) was the number one daytime talk show for over 20 years, and positioned Winfrey as a powerful, inspiring, voice unafraid to be candid about her own personal hurdles to encourage women to rise above setbacks and reach their own potential. Winfrey's heartfelt agenda spilled over into her film career; both as a producer of inspirational stories of women courageously rising from adversity, and with her own Academy Award-nominated performance in the screen adaptation of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple" (1985). Through her many philanthropic efforts, including Oprah's Angel Network and the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, Winfrey generated millions of dollars to improve the lives of women, children and minorities. Meanwhile, the cultural tastemaker's stamp of approval or disapproval could turn the classic John Steinbeck novel East of Eden into a bestseller or elicit fear from the critiqued beef industry. Exposure on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" helped launch the careers of several lucky recipients, including counselor Dr. Phil McGraw, financial guru Suze Orman and no-frills chef Rachael Ray. With Winfrey's O: The Oprah Magazine, her television and film production studios, her multiple Emmys and NAACP Image Awards, she expanded commonly held notions of how far both women and African-Americans could go in the entertainment arena, and was deemed one of the most influential women in the world.

Relationships

Patricia

Half-Sister
Winfrey revealed January 2011 that she had recently learned she had a half-sister whom her mother, Vernita Lee had hidden from her for decades; Patricia was given up for adoption in Milwaukee, WI by Winfrey's mother in 1963

Roger Ebert Actor

Companion
Briefly dated; Winfrey credited Ebert with advising her to take her show into syndication

Stedman Graham Actor

Companion
Together since 1986

Vernita Lee

Mother
Was never married to Winfrey's father

Hattie Lee

Grandmother
Helped raise Winfrey on her farm in Mississippi Taught her to read at an early age

John Tesh Actor

Companion
Tesh confirmed they dated for a short time when they were both reporters in Nashville, TN after their relationship was revealed in the unauthorized biography of Oprah by Kitty Kelley April 2010

Vernon Winfrey

Father
Was never married to Oprah's mother

Zelma Winfrey

Step-Mother
Died 1996

EDUCATION

Tennessee State University

Nashville , Tennessee

Tennessee State University

Nashville , Tennessee

East Nashville High School

Nashville , Tennessee 1971
Was voted most popular

Tennessee State University

Nashville , Tennessee

Milestones

2014

Small role as Annie Lee Cooper in "Selma"

2013

Co-starred in the historical drama "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

2011

Received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

2011

Launched OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network; programming included "Oprah's Next Chapter" and "Oprah Presents: Master Class"

2009

Teamed with Tyler Perry to produce the drama "Precious," a movie based on the novel Push by Sapphire

2009

Announced plans to end highly rated "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in 2011 after 25 years

2009

Voiced the title character's mother Eudora in Disney animated feature "The Princess and the Frog"

2007

Voiced Judge Bumbleden in "Bee Movie," co-starring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger

2007

Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications announced plans to create OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network

2007

Invested $40 million and much of her time establishing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg in South Africa (opened in January)

2006

Signed on with Simon & Schuster to pen a book about weight control, reportedly receiving more than $12 million

2006

Signed a three-year, $55 million deal to debut a new XM Satellite Radio channel titled "Oprah & Friends"; channel aired programming related to fitness, health, and self-improvement

2006

Voiced Gussy the goose in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web"

2005

Produced and invested more than $1 million in the Broadway musical adaptation "Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple"; the show earned 11 Tony nominations

2003

Made Forbes magazine's Billionaire's list, the first black woman to do so and only the second African-American billionaire (after BET founder Robert Johnson) with a reported net worth of $1 billion

2002

In March, signed deal to remain with "The Oprah Winfrey Show" through the 2005-06 season

2001

Executive produced another popular TV movie "Amy & Isabelle" (ABC)

2000

Began honoring everyday heroes on her talk show via the "Use Your Life" award

2000

Launched the magazine O, The Oprah Magazine (April)

1999

In July, announced joint venture with Hearst Magazines to publish new magazine aimed at women and covering spiritual issues

1999

Executive produced the highly-rated TV-movie "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Tuesdays With Morrie" (ABC); won Emmy as Outstanding Made for Television Movie

1998

Served as executive producer of the ABC remake of "David and Lisa"

1998

Signed contract to host TV talk show through the 2001-02 season

1998

Starred in and produced an adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel "Beloved"

1998

At start of 13th season on TV, introduced "change your life television" featuring numerous guests culled from the ranks of self-help authors; also debuted a new theme to show "Run On," which she sang lead vocals; also began Oprah's Angel Network

1998

In November, joined with Geraldine Laybourne (of Oxygen Media) and Marcy Carsey (of Carsey-Werner-Mandabach) in announcing plans to create Oxygen, a new cable channel aimed specifically at women

1998

Stayed in Amarillo, TX for six weeks, defending herself in $10 million libel suit brought by a group of cattlemen over some offhand remarks uttered on her talk show; she won in a victory for the First Amendment

1998

Executive produced the ABC miniseries "The Wedding," adapted from the novel by Dorothy West

1997

Appeared as a therapist on the celebrated "coming out" episode of "Ellen" (ABC)

1997

Renewed contract with King World to continue talk show through the year 2000

1996

Began regular segment "Oprah's Book Club"

1995

Renewed contract with King World to continue hosting talk show through 1997; signed deal with Capital Cities/ABC Inc to provide primetime programming beginning in the 1996-97 TV season; signed multi-picture deal with Walt Disney Company and announced firs

1994

Finished a marathon (26.2 miles) alongside trainer Bob Greene

1993

Portrayed LaJoe Rivers in "There Are No Children Here" (ABC)

1993

Executive produced "Michael Jackson Talks...To Oprah – 90 Primetime Minutes With the King of Pop" (ABC)

1990

Executive produced and acted on the short-lived ABC spin-off series "Brewster Place"

1989

Executive produced and acted in the TV movie "Women of Brewster Place" (ABC)

1988

Assumed ownership and production of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" through Harpo Productions

1987

Hosted first TV special "A Star-Spangled Celebration"

1986

"The Oprah Winfrey Show" picked up for national syndication; premiered in syndication on September 8

1986

Landed second film role as Mrs. Thomas, the mother of an accused murderer in "Native Son"

1985

"AM Chicago" expanded to one hour and renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

1985

Breakthrough acting debut, "The Color Purple"; earned Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination

1984

Moved to Chicago; hosted own half-hour TV show "AM Chicago"

1978

Co-hosted morning talk show "People Are Talking"

1976

Moved to Baltimore; worked as TV feature reporter and co-anchor for WJZ-TV

1973

At age 19, became the first black anchor on Nashville's WVOL nightly newscast; later moved to the CBS affiliate WTFV-TV (1975)

1972

Started as radio reporter while still a Nashville high school student

1970

Won Miss Black Tennesee pageant

1970

Crowned Miss Fire Prevention in Nashville at age 17

1970

Competed in Miss Black America pageant

1960

Moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother at age six

Went to live with father in Nashville, TN where she became an honor student and joined drama club

Raised on grandmother's farm in Mississippi

Bonus Trivia

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The name Oprah was an accidental misspelling of the Biblical character Orpah.

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Winfrey stated that she was molested by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend, starting when she was nine years old. She gave birth at the age of 14, to a boy who died shortly after.

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Her website address was www.oprah.com.

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She received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree from Morehouse College in 1989.

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Winfrey was a partial owner of the Granite Broadcasting Corporation (1991).

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In June 1997, Winfrey took the unusual step of issuing a statement denying rumors that she was gay. The rumors began when syndicated columnist Liz Smith wrote a blind item about one of the biggest and longest-running TV stars, "an icon and role model" who was contemplating revealing his or her homosexuality (as Ellen DeGeneres had). Many thought the item referred to Winfrey and the TV talk show host felt she needed to address the issue, particularly as, in her words, "legitimate" news organizations were approaching her for comment.

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In December 2006, Winfrey ranked No. 7 in The Hollywood Reporter's 15th annual "Women in Entertainment Power 100" list.

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On October 16, 2007, Winfrey revealed that she was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder that made her gain 20 pounds.

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Winfrey invested $40 million and some of her time establishing the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls near Johannesburg, South Africa. The school opened in January 2007.

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Winfrey was one of the recipients of the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors alongside Sir Paul McCartney, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, country singer Merle Haggard, and Broadway composer Jerry Herman.

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