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Oprah Winfrey

Highest Rated:   100% Under African Skies (2012)
Lowest Rated:   50% Decoding Deepak (2012)
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Birthplace:   Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
Oprah Winfrey rose from poverty and a troubled youth to become the most powerful and influential woman in television and, according to Forbes Magazine, the world's most highly paid entertainer. Though primarily recognized as a talk show hostess, Winfrey also produces and occasionally acts in television movies and feature films. Winfrey's parents, who never married, were teens when she was born in rural Mississippi. She was originally named Orpah after a woman from the Book of Ruth but a spelling mistake on the birth certificate changed it to Oprah. She spent her childhood growing up in abject poverty on her deeply religious grandmother's farm. When she was older, Winfrey moved in with her mother in Milwaukee, WI. This proved a difficult time as Winfrey alleges she was repeatedly sexually molested by male relatives. Winfrey became a bit of a wild child during her early teens, experimenting with sex and drugs until the age of 14 when she gave birth to a premature baby. It died shortly after, and upon recovering, Winfrey chose to live with her father in Nashville. It was under his stern guidance that Winfrey found discipline, stability, and the inspiration to excel in school and change her life. When she was 19, Winfrey became a part-time radio reporter for station WVOL, Nashville, and also began studying speech and performing arts at Tennessee State University. She dropped out in 1972 during her sophomore year to become an anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She was the first black woman to hold that position. In 1976, she moved to WJZ-TV and after a stint as a reporter was promoted to co-anchor. Two years after her arrival, Winfrey was slotted (with some trepidation by producers who weren't sure how audiences would respond to a host who was neither white nor thin) to host their talk show People Are Talking. Their worries were unfounded for the charming, empathetic Winfrey's show was a hit and remained so for eight years. In 1984, Winfrey took a major risk and accepted a job hosting a Chicago morning talk show, one that aired at the same time as the nationally top-rated, Chicago-based Phil Donahue talk show. This time it was her fears that had no basis for she soon found herself neck and neck in the ratings with Donahue. Her show also went nationwide through King World Syndicate and as she expanded the operation, the money began rolling in. With the purchase of a large downtown production facility, Winfrey was able to become the third woman in the American entertainment industry -- after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball -- to own her own studio. She named it Harpo, which is, of course, "Oprah" spelled backwards. Using her considerable business acumen, Winfrey translated her show into a multi-million-dollar business, making her the wealthiest black woman in the U.S. Her show was groundbreaking for several reasons, but most of all because Oprah was unafraid to bare her soul and her own past experiences in front of audiences whereas most talk show hosts remained reserved in regard to their personal lives. Though it was difficult, she made public her past abuse, her drug problem during her twenties, and her struggle with obesity. In this latter area, Oprah, took a lot of heat from unkind critics who were unable to cope with the notion that a round woman could possibly be considered attractive, intelligent, and vital. She endured cruel jokes and jibes until she finally decided to lose weight, first with a radical liquid diet -- which only temporarily took off her weight -- and then with a rigorous fat-free diet and exercise regimen that kept her weight off. Like Donahue and the other talk show hosts of the day, Winfrey's program tended toward sensationalism designed to appeal to our most morbid curiosities. Subject-wise, she had begun hitting all-time lows by 1994. That year, she was to turn 40 and was thinking heavily about which direction her life might turn, both professionally and personally. There was a question whether or not she woul

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet A Wrinkle in Time
  • Mrs. Which
2018
No Score Yet The Star
  • Deborah
2017
No Score Yet African American Museum
  • Actor
2017
67% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Executive Producer
  • Deborah Lacks
2017
No Score Yet The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (Casablancas, l'homme qui aimait les femmes)
  • Actor
2016
99% Selma
  • Producer
  • Annie Lee Cooper
2015
No Score Yet Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple
  • Actor
2015
69% The Hundred-Foot Journey
  • Producer
$46.3M 2014
59% Running From Crazy
  • Executive Producer
$32.3k 2013
72% Lee Daniels' The Butler
  • Gloria Gaines
$116.7M 2013
No Score Yet Citizen Hearst
  • Actor
2013
50% Decoding Deepak
  • Actor
2012
100% Under African Skies
  • Actor
2012
77% Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
  • Actor
$31.6k 2011
85% The Princess and the Frog
  • Eudora
$104.4M 2009
91% Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
  • Executive Producer
$47.6M 2009
No Score Yet Barack Obama: The Power of Change
  • Actor
2008
79% The Great Debaters
  • Producer
$30M 2007
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's 'For One More Day'
  • Executive Producer
2007
51% Bee Movie
  • Judge Bumbleton
$126.6M 2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Herself
$78.9M 2007
No Score Yet Oprah's Roots: An African American Lives Special
  • Actor
2007
78% Charlotte's Web
  • Gussy
$82.2M 2006
No Score Yet We Are the Future
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet African American Lives
  • Actor
2006
82% Emmanuel's Gift
  • Narrator
2005
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2005
No Score Yet Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents: Amy & Isabelle
  • Executive Producer
2001
No Score Yet Our Friend, Martin
  • Coretta Scott King
1999
71% Tuesdays With Morrie
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
1999
No Score Yet David y Lisa
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
1998
78% Beloved
  • Producer
  • Sethe
1998
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents 'The Wedding'
  • Executive Producer
1998
No Score Yet Real Ellen Story
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Oprah Winfrey Presents 'Before Women Had Wings'
  • Miss Zora
1997
No Score Yet There Are No Children Here
  • LaJoe Rivers
1993
No Score Yet Scared Silent: Ending and Exposing Child Abuse
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864
  • Elizabeth Keckley
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • Elizabeth Keckley
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • Elizabeth Keckley
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865
  • Elizabeth Keckley
1992
No Score Yet Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Over Exposed
  • Executive Producer
1990
No Score Yet The Women of Brewster Place
  • Executive Producer
  • Mattie Michael
1989
No Score Yet Pee-Wee's Playhouse: Christmas Special
  • Actor
1988
61% Throw Momma from the Train
  • Herself
1987
56% Native Son
  • Mrs. Thomas
1986
88% The Color Purple
  • Sofia
1985

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Reporter
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
79% Greenleaf
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Mavis McCready
  • 2017
  • 2016
96% Queen Sugar
2016
  • Executive Producer
  • Creator
  • 2017
  • 2016
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Appearing
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Appearing
  • 2013
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Appearing
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Tosh.0
2009
  • Appearing
  • 2011
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
  • Herself
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
  • 2003
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Herself
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Herself
  • 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • 1986

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