Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, television producer, actress, author, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, broadcast from Chicago, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and ran in national syndication for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. She didn’t get all the success and fame easily. She had her ups and downs. She had a very tough childhood. She was born to a teenager so at her initial age she stayed with her grandmother. At the age of six, she went to Milwaukee, back to her mother. Her mother used to work for long hours and didn’t give much time to Oprah Winfrey. In her absence, Oprah was molested by the male members of the family. This continued from the age of 9-13. Everything started to go downhill from here. She ran away from her house. She was sent to juvenile detention home, then to be denied because all beds were full. After all that she was out of the house and on her own and a year later she was pregnant at the age of 14. After giving birth she lost her baby due to unknown reasons. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee to live with her father and started to turn her life around. He gave her the strict family home she needed with a curfew and made her stay on top of her school work. In this structured environment, Oprah became an honour student, winning prizes for oratory and dramatic recitation and at 17 she became Miss Black Tennessee and was then offered her first real job at WVOL radio station. In the end, everything was in her favour but everything that happened made her the lady she is today. Oprah Winfrey’s career began in high school when she worked in the radio station at her school as a newscaster. After high school, she worked as a reporter for a Nashville television station. She then moved to a position as an early morning talk show host for “People are Talking” in Baltimore. Her career leaped after she moved to Chicago to host “AM Chicago”, a year later it was renamed as “The Oprah Winfrey Show”. Her show became one of the most successful and highest-ranked television talk show programs in history. Over 20 million Americans view the program every week and are broadcasted worldwide. She has been known to be one of the most giving celebrities. She supports women and children’s charities, animal rescue charities, AIDS cure charities, and disaster relief. In 1998 she founded her charity called Oprah’s Angel Network, this helps unfortunate families every year have a better life. This charity has done things like build homes, help children be able to attend school, and funding for scholarships. She also helps support the Clinton Foundation, which helps support the treatment of HIV and AIDS and fighting climate change. She also supports Project Cuddle, Project Cuddle helps rescue hundreds of babies from abandonment and abuse every year. Oprah also helps build schools for children in developing countries. She donates to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. She cares so much about everyone and wants to do everything and anything to help in all the possible ways, to ensure that they can live their lives to the fullest.
All of her struggles made her an even stronger woman. She never wants anyone to face the same problems which she faced as a young child. Thus, she is a philanthropist. She is now a successful woman. With the help of her father’s strictness, she has been able to succeed. Success doesn’t come easy to everyone, rather, anyone. She is an inspiration to all the women who think that they are weak and cannot handle hardships. Everyone finds a way to get out of the quicksand of life, be it a child or an adult.