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Oprah Winfrey was form on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi.
Oprah's name was supposed to be Orpah, based on a biblical character in the Book of Ruth, but was misspelled on her birth cerficiate.
Winfrey started working as a part-time news ancor to a radio station in Nashville Tennessee her senior year in high school.
Winfrey started in Chicago in 1983, taking a low-rated morning talk show into the highest rated talk show in Chicago.
After being persuaded by Roger Ebert to go into syndication, the show was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show, expanded to an hour, and went national. The first show was September 8, 1986.
Winfrey was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in The Color Purple.