Oprah Winfrey biography - inspirational talk show host 29 January 1954
The Oprah Winfrey biography details the life story of the inspirational talk show host and her use and belief in the Law of Attraction.
Oprah Winfrey was born on 29 January, 1954 in Kosciusko Mississippi.
She was originally name Orpah, from the Bible, but this name proved far to difficult to spell and pronounce so she simply became Oprah.
Her unmarried parents separated not long after her birth and she was handed into the care of her maternal grandmother.
Under her grandmothers strict upbringing Oprah was taught to read by the time she was two and a half years old. At the same time she was able to stand up and address her church congregation about Jesus and Easter.
At the age of six years old she moved back in with her mother and two half-brothers who where living in abject poverty in a dangerous ghetto area of Milwaukee.
The Oprah Winfrey biography states that during her childhood in Milwaukee she experienced real hardship, her mother could only find employment doing odd jobs and was not around much to supervise her.
This culminated in her rape at the age of nine years old.
When she was twelve her mother could not cope with her any longer and she was sent to live with her father, a barber in Nashville, Tennessee. Her father was very strict with her and laid down the law. She was expected to complete weekly book reports and learn new vocabulary words on a daily basis.
Under her fathers strict guidance Oprah excelled at school, becoming a member in both the drama and debating club, as well as the student council.
This more secure and happy environment led her to have the confidence to make speeches at local church gatherings. The die was cast, she realised she wanted to make a career in speaking.
Whilst still at high school Oprah managed to get a job with WVOL, a local Nashville radio station, and was hired to read the afternoon newscasts.
This lead to the Nashville Columbia Broadcasting System offering her a job. Here she became Nashville's first African American female co-anchor for the evening news at the tender age of nineteen and still a college student.
After graduating from college, she moved to Baltimore to do local news updates during the Good Morning America show, and then to the morning talk show Baltimore Is Talking.
Oprah continued with this show for the next seven years until being offered a job as anchor on A.M. Chicago, a low rating performance show. Oprah re-organised the shows format bringing in more current affairs and controversial items and the show leapt up the rating table.
By 1985 the program was extended to an hour long and renamed the Oprah Winfrey Show.
The success of the show and the viewing figures kept rising and rising winning several Emmys for Best Talk Show, and honoring Winfrey as Best Talk Show Host.
In September 1996 Oprah announced to the nation she wanted "to get the country reading" and started on on-air reading club.
The Oprah Winfrey biography states the first book she chose, The Deep End of the Ocean' became a number one best-seller with one hundred thousand more copies printed to match demand.
Such was the appeal of her show!
In 2007 the Oprah Winfrey biography states that she devoted 2 days of her show to the subject of Rhonda Byrne's book and film The Secret about the Law of Attraction. The shows featured a panel of guest talking and reviewing the book.
The exposure of The Secret onto a national talk show such as The Oprah Winfrey Show helped push sales of the book and film through the roof and take the subject of the Law of Attraction to a much wider audience.
Oprah has proved to be a keen advocator of the Law of Attraction and claimed on Larry King Live that is was through the Universal Law of Attraction! that she gained her first film part in 'The Color Purple'.