Oprah Winfrey Part 1 by Joseph Wise

As one of the elite in our society, Oprah has single handily stood the test of time. Her talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, lasted 25 + years on the same network and made her one of the greatest talk show hosts of all time. Not only did she have that underneath her belt, but she also participated in numerous movie roles which only increased her brand popularity. Oprah has done many things in her life, but everything hasn’t been rosy and sweet her whole life. She had to combat many different things during her career including image and other ethnicity issues.

Oprah was born Oprah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. try saying that three times fast. Her mother Vernita Lee was a single parent and struggled to take care of Oprah during her younger years. Oprah’s family was poor. So poor in fact that she sometimes wore potato sacks as clothing because they could not afford any other clothing. At age six, Oprah and her mother moved to Milwaukee for better paying maid service jobs. After a while Oprah’s mother gave birth to another daughter and sent Oprah to live with a man named Vernon Winfrey, who was claimed to be the biological father of Oprah, because she could not support both of her daughters. Oprah stayed with her biological father for a few years and during this time her mother had given birth to two more children a boy and a girl.

As an adolescent, Oprah said she was molested multiple times by her own relatives, a cousin, uncle, and family friend. According to Winfrey, the molestation began when she was just nine years old and carried on for a while. Oprah didn’t initially tell anyone of her abuse, but when she finally did muster up the courage to do so, her family refused to believe it. they said she was making the stories up and had no proof. At the age of thirteen and after suffering from her abuse, Winfrey ran away from home and became pregnant at the age of fourteen. Her infant son died soon after birth, which may have been a blessing in disguise for the young teen.


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