OPHRA WINFREY BIOGRAPHY B Y: S T E FA N Y S A N C H E Z & D I E G O C A B A L L E R O
CHILDHOOD Oprah Gail Winfrey was born at home in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January 29, 1954 .After spending her first years on her grandmother's Mississippi farm, the bright six-yearold went to live with her single mother, who struggled on welfare, Wisconsin
MISTREATMENT OF WOMEN She was just nine years old when her life was changed forever when she was raped by a teenage cousin. Over the next five years, she was molested by three other men, all friends of the family.
HER CAREER She competed in the Miss Black America pageant. She won an oratory scholarship to Tennessee State University in 1971, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in speech and drama.
When she was 19, still a college student and living at home, Oprah took a job as a broadcaster at a local TV station. She may have been appearing onscreen nightly the first black person and first woman hired to anchor the news in Nashville but that didn't stop her dad insisting she to stay at home at midnight.
In 1976, she took a job as an evening news co-anchor in Baltimore, but after breaking into tears when reporting sad stories, she realised hard news was not her forte. Instead, she signed for a stint on a local morning show. Seven years later, having moved to Illinois, the seal was set on her career when the show she presented, AM Chicago, became The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Her powerful acting debut brought her a best supporting actress Oscar nomination in 1986. Throughout her career she has continued to act, including a role in the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison's Beloved, which she also produced.
By: Stefany Sanchez & Diego Caballero