Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

  • Highest Rated: 100% Under African Skies (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 42% The Star (2017)
  • Birthday: Jan 29, 1954
  • 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

97% Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Actor 2019
No Score Yet Crow: The Legend The One Who Creates Everything By Thinking 2018
42% The Star Deborah $40.5M 2017
No Score Yet African American Museum Actor 2017
69% The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Executive Producer Deborah Lacks 2017
No Score Yet Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (Casablancas, l'homme qui aimait les femmes) Actor 2016
No Score Yet Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman Actor 2015
No Score Yet Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple Actor 2015
99% Selma Producer Annie Lee Cooper 2014
66% The Hundred-Foot Journey Producer $46.3M 2014
58% 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
50% 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
79% 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 Producer Executive 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 Executive Producer 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 Michael Jackson Talks...to Oprah Actor Executive Producer 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 Overexposed Executive Producer 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
62% Throw Momma from the Train Herself 1987
56% Native Son Mrs. Thomas 1986
85% The Color Purple Sofia 1985

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

100% David Makes Man
2019
Executive Producer
  • 2019
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
Guest
  • 2019
96% When They See Us
2019
Executive Producer
  • 2019
No Score Yet Greenleaf
2016
Executive Producer Mavis McCready
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
97% Queen Sugar
2016
Executive Producer Creator
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2018
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
1999
Reporter
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Appearing Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
Appearing Guest
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Appearing Guest
  • 2018
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet Close Up With the Hollywood Reporter
2015
Panelist
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet Harry
2016-2018
Guest Performer
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet Rachael Ray
2015
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show
2009
Guest
  • 2017
  • 2014
  • 2011
No Score Yet Dr. Phil
2002
Executive Producer Guest
  • 2015
  • 2008
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 Keeping Up With the Kardashians
2007
Appearing
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Tosh.0
2009
Appearing
  • 2011
No Score Yet Ace of Cakes
2006
Appearing
  • 2010
81% 30 Rock
2006-2013
Herself
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest
  • 2003
75% Bette
2000-2001
Herself
  • 2000
No Score Yet Home Improvement
1991-1999
Herself
  • 1999
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
Therapist
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
Herself
  • 1992
  • 1991
100% Brewster Place
1990
Mattie Michael
  • 1990
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1986
No Score Yet The Oprah Winfrey Show
Host Host Appearing

QUOTES FROM Oprah Winfrey CHARACTERS

Gloria Gaines
Everything you are and everything you have, is because of that butler
Gloria Gaines
Everything you are and everything you have, is because of that butler.
Sofia
Sat in that jail, I sat in that jail till near about done rot to death. I know what it's like who wanna go somewhere and can't. I know what it's like who wanna sing... and have 'em beat outta ya. I wanna thank you, Miss Celie, for everything you've done for me. I remember that day in the store with Miss Millie - I'm feelin' real down, I'm feelin' mighty bad. And when I see you - I know that there is a God. I know that there is a God
Sofia
Sat in that jail, I sat in that jail till near about done rot to death. I know what it's like who wanna go somewhere and can't. I know what it's like who wanna sing... and have 'em beat outta ya. I wanna thank you, Miss Celie, for everything you've done for me. I remember that day in the store with Miss Millie - I'm feelin' real down, I'm feelin' mighty bad. And when I see you - I know that there is a God. I know that there is a God.
Sofia
All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I'd have to fight in my own house! I love Harpo, God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead before I let him beat me.
Sofia
Sophia's home... Things are gonna change 'round here...
Sofia
Sophia's home.Things are gonna change 'round here.
Sofia
I'm married now! I'm married now!
Squeak
And not if he MY man. You just a big ol heffer. Ha ha ha!
Sofia
Like I said, "Fine. Wit. Me."
Sofia
Like I said, 'Fine. Wit. Me.'
Squeak
[Slaps Sofia. Piano man: "Oh, gotta go!" Everyone is silent, Squeak is scared] Oh....! [Sofia punches Squeaks]
Squeak
[Slaps Sofia. Piano man: 'Oh, gotta go!' Everyone is silent, Squeak is scared] Oh....! [Sofia punches Squeaks]
Sofia
Now you want a dead son-in-law, Miss Celie? You keep on advisin him like you doin.
Celie
Dis life be ova soon. Heaven last always.
Sofia
Girl, you betta bash Mister's head open and think about Heaven later.
Sofia
I's married now! I's married now!
Sofia
You told Harpo to beat me!
Sofia
Sophia home... Things gonna change 'round here...
Sofia
Sat in that jail, I sat in that jail til I near about done rot to death. I know what it like to wanna go somewhere and cain't. I know what it like to wanna sing... and have it beat out 'ya. I want to thank you, Miss Celie, fo everything you done for me. I 'members that day in the store with Miss Millie - I's feelin' real down. I's feelin' mighty bad. And when I seed you - I know'd there is a God. I know'd there is a God
Sofia
All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men. But I ain't never thought I'd have to fight in my own house! I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead 'fo I let him beat me!
Sofia
All my life I had to fight. I had to fight my daddy. I had to fight my uncles. I had to fight my brothers. A girl child ain't safe in a family of men, but I ain't never thought I'd have to fight in my own house! I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I'll kill him dead 'fo I let him beat me!