There are probably very few people around the world who do not know the name Oprah Winfrey. This daytime talk show host, actress, and entrepreneur, has truly made a mark on the world, and will not be going away any time soon. Born in the deep south of Mississippi, young Oprah Winfrey did not have an easy life. Everything that she has, she has gotten through hard work, perseverance, and a lot of grit. She has been ranked as the richest African American person in the 21st century, and much of that has come from her fame from her talk show.
Oprah’s early life was not the easiest, having a young teenage mother and moving around a lot, not to mention numerous accounts of sexual abuse, she had to fight to make it out and to a better life. And that she did. She hit the television station of Chicago in 1986 with her show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. She was a huge success and everyone loved to watch her during the day. This set off one of the biggest chain reactions of fame ever seen.
Her show was one that talked about controversial issues, had interviews with celebrities and even real people, brought doctors on for medical advice, and perhaps famously giving away many large ticket items. Though she went off the air few years ago, her name has not slowed down at all. She has been in a few different movies since then, always small parts, but she also has her own magazine, as well as her own television station on cable. She is a force to be reckoned with, and has never once backed down from talking about any issue that needs confronting.
She is not in the spotlight as much now as she used to be, but she still has a large influence over things that people want, like certain products and gadgets, as well as giving her seal of approval on certain new treatments. People have loved her for years and in an odd way, they have worshipped her every word. While she may be out of the spotlight, she will forever be America’s largest philanthropist. And perhaps it makes it more historical as she is an African American woman who has taken the hard times in life and turned them into the fuel she needed to make herself better, as well as the world around her.