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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman. While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, family. She was born in an economically troubled ... See full bio »
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 2016 Greenleaf (TV Series) (executive producer - 13 episodes) (pre-production)
- Episode #1.11 (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.13 (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.8 (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.9 (2016) ... (executive producer)
- Episode #1.7 (2016) ... (executive producer)
 2015 Queen Sugar (TV Series) (executive producer) (pre-production)
 2012-2015 Oprah Presents: Master Class (TV Series documentary) (executive producer - 35 episodes)
- Dwayne Johnson (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Robert Duvall (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Smokey Robinson (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Ellen DeGeneres (2015) ... (executive producer)
- Belief Special Edition (2015) ... (executive producer)
 2015 Oprah's Master Class: Civil Rights Special (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2014 Selma (producer)
 2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey (producer)
 2012 Oprah and Rainn Wilson Present SoulPancake (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2012 Oprah's Next Chapter (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2011 Serving Life (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
  The Oprah Winfrey Show (TV Series) (supervising producer - 8 episodes, 1989 - 2011) (senior executive producer - 1 episode, 2011) (co-producer - 1 episode, 1988) (producer - 1 episode)
- All New! The Oprah Winfrey Show Finale (2011) ... (senior executive producer)
- Oprah in Australia (2011) ... (supervising producer)
- Oprah in Australia: Ultimate Wildest Dreams (2011) ... (supervising producer)
- Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure: Part 2 (2011) ... (supervising producer)
- Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure (2011) ... (supervising producer)
 2011 Extraordinary Moms (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2011 Your OWN Show (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2010 The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2009 Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special (TV Special) (executive producer)
 2009/II Precious (executive producer)
 2008 Every Monday Matters (Video documentary short) (executive producer)
 2007 The Big Give (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2007 The Great Debaters (producer)
 2007 Mitch Albom's For One More Day (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2007 Building a Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2007 The Oprah Winfrey Oscar Special (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2006 Legends Ball (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 2005 Their Eyes Were Watching God (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 2002 Oprah After the Show (TV Series) (executive producer)
 2001 Amy & Isabelle (TV Movie) (executive producer) / (producer)
 1999 Tuesdays with Morrie (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1998 David and Lisa (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1998 Beloved (producer)
 1998 The Wedding (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1997 Before Women Had Wings (TV Movie) (producer)
 1993 Michael Jackson Talks to... Oprah Live (TV Special) (executive producer)
 1993 ABC Afterschool Specials (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Shades of a Single Protein (1993) ... (producer)
 1992 Overexposed (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1992 Nine (TV Movie documentary) (executive producer)
 1989 The Women of Brewster Place (TV Movie) (executive producer)
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One of the producers of the Broadway musical "The Color Purple", based on the Alice Walker novel and the film in which Oprah appeared. See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 14 Interviews | 94 Articles | 3 Pictorials | 131 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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[on performing in 'Lee Daniel's The Butler'] I'm a historian of my own history - of African American history. I believe that when you know who you are you have the ability to move forward, not only with your own strength but with the strength of your entire ancestry. I am the daughter of a maid, and my grandmother was a maid, and her mother was a maid, and her mother was a slave. I feel validated... See more »


Winfrey's name was originally "Orpah," after the biblical figure in the book of Ruth. Several different stories allude to the fact that either a misspelling on her birth certificate or a struggle with the pronunciation of her name eventually led to "Oprah" being adopted as her given name. See more »


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