Inspiring people: Oprah

Oprah Winfrey is a presenter, actress, writer, and producer, best known for her work hosting her own television show: The Oprah Winfrey Show. The Oprah show ran for twenty-five seasons, from 1986 to 2001.

At nineteen she became the first African-American woman to appear on a Nashville newscast due to her landing a job as an announcer for a local television station. In 1976 she moved to Baltimore, Maryland and worked as a host for the People Are Talking show. There she discovered that this was not the ideal line of work for her because she could not help crying when she had to tell sad news.

In Illinois, seven years later, she envisioned where she should go with her career. She went from working on the AM Chicago show to hosting her own show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. In the first half of the eighties she met Stedman Graham, with whom she maintains a relationship until now.
In September 1985 The Oprah Winfrey Show began airing nationally. The show was presented on 120 channels and had 10 million audience members. By the end of the first year, he managed to defeat The Phil Donahue Show (the first television show with interviews) and raised a hundred and twenty-five million, thirty of which constituted Winfrey’s salary.

In 2009 it was announced that Oprah Winfrey would be leaving her show once her contract with ABC ended (in 2011). After leaving the show, her Oprah began working on her own television network, the Oprah Winfrey Network. In 2003, she became the first African-American woman to enter Forbes magazine’s list of billionaires.

She is actively involved with various charities, including: Oprah’s Angel Network, which supports and promotes the creation of other charities and has raised more than fifty-one million for this purpose; A Better Chance, which provides scholarships for students of color; and Family for Better Lives, an organization that brings education and medicine to places where it is needed like Uttarakhand and Yonibana. In November 2013, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, an award given to her by President Barack Obama and which is considered the highest decoration to which a civilian can have access in the United States.

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