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Born: January 29, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised on grandmother's farm in Mississippi
1960:
Moved to Milwaukee to live with her mother at age six
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Went to live with father in Nashville, TN where she became an honor student and joined drama club
1971:
Crowned Miss Fire Prevention in Nashville at age 17
1971:
Won Miss Black Tennesee pageant
1971:
Competed in Miss Black America pageant
1972:
Started as radio reporter while still a Nashville high school student
1973:
At age 19, became the first black anchor on Nashville's WVOL nightly newscast; later moved to the CBS affiliate WTFV-TV (1975)
1976:
Moved to Baltimore; worked as TV feature reporter and co-anchor for WJZ-TV
1978:
Co-hosted morning talk show "People Are Talking"
1984:
Moved to Chicago; hosted own half-hour TV show "AM Chicago"
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
1986:
"The Oprah Winfrey Show" picked up for national syndication; premiered in syndication on September 8
1987:
Hosted first TV special "A Star-Spangled Celebration"
1986:
Landed second film role as Mrs. Thomas, the mother of an accused murderer in "Native Son"
1988:
Assumed ownership and production of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" through Harpo Productions
1989:
Executive produced and acted in the TV movie "Women of Brewster Place" (ABC)
1990:
Executive produced and acted on the short-lived ABC spin-off series "Brewster Place"
1993:
Executive produced "Michael Jackson Talks...To Oprah ¿ 90 Primetime Minutes With the King of Pop" (ABC)
1993:
Portrayed LaJoe Rivers in "There Are No Children Here" (ABC)
1994:
Finished a marathon (26.2 miles) alongside trainer Bob Greene
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 first feature would be an adaptation of Toni Morrison's "Beloved"
1996:
Began regular segment "Oprah's Book Club"
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
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
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:
Signed contract to host TV talk show through the 2001-02 season
1998:
Served as executive producer of the ABC remake of "David and Lisa"
1998:
Starred in and produced an adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel "Beloved"
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
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
2000:
Began honoring everyday heroes on her talk show via the "Use Your Life" award
2000:
Launched the magazine <i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i> (April)
2001:
Executive produced another popular TV movie "Amy & Isabelle" (ABC)
2002:
In March, signed deal to remain with "The Oprah Winfrey Show" through the 2005-06 season
2003:
Made <i>Forbes</i> 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
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
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:
Signed on with Simon & Schuster to pen a book about weight control, reportedly receiving more than $12 million
2006:
Voiced Gussy the goose in live-action/computer-animated feature film "Charlotte's Web"
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)
2007:
Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications announced plans to create OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network
2007:
Voiced Judge Bumbleden in "Bee Movie," co-starring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger
2009:
Teamed with Tyler Perry to produce the drama "Precious," a movie based on the novel <i>Push</i> 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"
2011:
Launched OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network; programming included "Oprah's Next Chapter" and "Oprah Presents: Master Class"
2011:
Received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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