Oprah: A Biography
Oprah Winfrey is best known for her stratospherically successful talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history. However, she is a television and film producer and was nominated for an Academy-Award for her role in The Color Purple. Enormously wealthy as a result of the success of her show, she donates huge amounts of money to philanthropic causes. Some people regard her as the most influential woman in the world. Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and was initially looked after by her grandmother. She moved to a disadvantage inner city Milwaukee neighbourhood when she was six and experienced considerable hardship as a child and adolescent, including being raped at the age of nine and becoming pregnant at 14, her son dying at just two weeks of age. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. She moved to the talk show arena after a while, transforming a second-rate Chicago talk show into an internationally syndicated phenomenon with her trademark intimate
Kitty Kelley is the author of biographies about Jacqueline Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, the British Royal Family and the Bush family.