Oprah Winfrey remains until this day, one of the women who made history and a revolution in the entertainment industry. She is a pioneer who first stepped foot in a world that consisted of all white males when she started hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show, which aired for 25 years. Born in a small town in Mississippi on 29 January 1943, Oprah did not seem to have any real chances of doing something with her life, so she decided to move to Nashville with her father and her stepmother.
That one move turned out to be the best decision she ever made. Her childhood was not easy. As a teenager, she was s—-lly a—ed. She then became pregnant and gave birth to a son who was born prematurely and lost his life shortly after. Oprah never had children after that. However, she says that those difficult times in her life helped her become the woman she is today.
In a conversation with Readers Digest, she said, “I believe every moment is a building block and another step in your journey to being who you are meant to be and who you are meant to become. While in Nashville, Oprah won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant when she was 17. That helped her get a job at a local radio that organized the contest. She got her first job on the television after she moved to Maryland, where she began co-anchoring the six o’clock headlines on WJS-TV.
However, after some time, her mentor, who also happened to be her editor, used to pick on her every day, and Oprah thought she would eventually lose her job. In 1986, after working as a host of the TV show ‘People Are Talking’, talented Oprah found herself hosting AM Chicago that was soon renamed to The Oprah Winfrey Show. Over the 25 years, Oprah welcomed over 37,000 guests and had many interviews with different people, from ordinary to celebrities and presidents.
One of her most memorable interviews ever which was watched by over 90 million people was that with the legendary Michael Jackson. He opened the doors to Neverland to Oprah, who experienced it as unique and exciting and told that she felt like a kid. The Oprah Winfrey Show ended in 2011, and it marked the end of an era. It won a total of eight Daytime Emmy Awards, and Oprah received the Lifetime Achievement Award and People’s Choice Award for ‘Favourite Talk Show Host’ for times.
She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2013. Oprah is also a humanitarian who made a change in the life of ordinary people and gave numerous surprises to those who were lucky enough to be a part of her audience. Her show had an impact on the lives of millions. Amid the epidemic, she donated $10 million towards COV-19 relief efforts.
When it comes to her private life, Oprah has been together with the love of her life, Stedman Graham, for over 30 years, but the two never married. He proposed to her when he called on her show back in 1987 and said yes. The two even planned a wedding but then decided to not tie the knot. She believes one of the reasons they are still together is that they are never married.
The couple does not have any children but Oprah says she can’t compartmentalize but says that she has the highest regard for women who choose to be at home with their kids because it takes a lot of effort to do that, and nobody even gives women the credit they deserve.
Recently, Oprah shared photos of her breathtaking $100 million property that she brought from Robert and Marlene Veloz for $52 million. Oprah calls her home ‘The Promised Land’, and the story behind that name being the place represented something huge in every sense of the word. Down her lane, which she calls Hallelujah Lane, there are 12 oak trees that she refers to as the 12 apostles.
Her tearoom faces a stunning view of Montecito, towards the Pacific Ocean. She has her garden that she harvests herself. She also has a garden full of roses and thousands of hydrangeas which are a tribute to her late grandmother who had a single hydrangea in front of her porch which she admired.
In a conversation with Veranda, Oprah said that her home is the only place where she feels like herself.