Oprah Winfrey in Strøget, Denmark- Wikimedia Commons
CAIRO - 10 October 2017: “Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you donot have, you will never ever have enough.”– Oprah Winfrey.
The self-made billionaire, international influencer, successful African-American woman was born on January 29,1954 to a single mother.She was raised by her grandmother in a deprived neighborhood, and she was sexually abused and mistreated as a child.Yet Winfrey managed to riseabove it and focuson her studies.
At the age of 16, she was offereda job at the local CBS television station in Nashville, Tennessee, as co-anchor; an offer she turned down three times. At the age of 19, she finally said yes to the offer.
She failed once in a job interview, but she was offered a job as a full time reporter for a Baltimore television news channel. At the age of 22, she was fired from the news division because she did poorly as a reporter. However, the director of the station gave Winfrey another chance by making her an anchor of a morning talk show called,"People are Talking."
She kept presenting that show for seven years, and then moved to Chicago to host a talkshow titled “A.M. Chicago.” After four years, the producers changed the name of the show to “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
In 1985, she was casted in her first film, “The Color Purple,”and on September 8,1986,"The Oprah Winfrey Show" was broadcasted nationally. In the same year, she founded Harpo Studios.
In 2013,Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom among many other awards that she received.
Facts to know:
● Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant at the age of 17.
● She had a son when she was 14, but he died as an infant.
● She was sexually abused when she was a kid.
● She tried to commit suicide two times; one at the age of 14, and the other at the age of 19.
Another Quote for the road:
“You can have it all just not all at once.”