Making Your OWN
Today for Women’s Month, we at TulaTalks Ent would like to honor Oprah Winfrey the media guru legend, producer, network owner, actress, and host. Winfrey has the highest rating talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show that took over daytime television from 1986 until 2011. Here is just a small glimpse into her life and stardom.
Winfrey childhood was not as glamorous as her adult life. Winfrey grew up very often in poverty with her young mother and got made fun of almost all the time by other children. Even with the constant bullying due to her amount of wealth, Winfrey’s grandmother taught her how to read by the age of three.
After many other hardships and constant living arrangements, Winfrey finally lived with her grandmother again where she excelled in high school becoming a part of the speech team ultimately winning a scholarship to attend Tennessee State University.
Winfrey got her shot at television being Nashville’s first youngest and black female anchor on WLAC-TV. After taking some other news media outlet jobs, she moved to Chicago to become the host of a low rating talk show named AM Chicago which later would become the highest rating show for Chicago’s daytime television after Winfrey’s casting. Winfrey later took over At the Movies, into what the world would know as The Oprah Winfrey Show. The future couldn’t have been so bright for Ms. Winfrey. With the highly-notified success of Winfrey’s show, she decided with Discovery Communications to take over Discovery Health Channel to create OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network which made cable debut in 2011 after a delay in 2009.
During her 25 years as the daytime television killer, Winfrey interviewed and spotlighted some of the best influencers of viewer’s lifetimes. Her interviews were highly sought out by the public and included the likes of Michael Jackson in the fourth most watched interview in American television history, as well as allowing actress Suzanne Somers to speak about hormone treatments before it was national accepted. Winfrey also influenced her viewers in life changing giveaways and even starting a nationwide book club.
Outside of television greatness, Winfrey starred in the landmark film The Color Purple written by Alicia Walker receiving national praise and even becoming the producer of the film to Broadway musical adaptation. Winfrey would later producer and star in Beloved based off the novel by Pulitzer-Prize winning writer Toni Morrison.
There is so much to say about this legend that cannot fit into words. We honor women that have taken such a huge step in advancing our way of thinking. We all can be the Oprah Winfrey of any subject area we imagine dreaming of.