Oprah Winfrey

  • Birth

    Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Born out of wedlock to vernon Winfrey and Vernite Lee.
  • Grew up

    Grew up
    Was raised on a farm by her grandmother, Hattie Mae. She lived there for six years.
  • Living with Mom

    Living with Mom
    Lived with her mother in an inner city ghetto in Mississippi. During this time, she was abused a raped by various family members and friends.
  • Living with Dad

    Living with Dad
    After running away, almost being put in a juvie center, and giving birth to a baby, whom passed away shortly after birth, she moved to Nashville, TN with her father. He had become a successful businessman.
  • School

    Due to the strictness of her father, she become an honors student and did graduate from East Nashville High School. She even won a scholarshop to Tennessee State University.
  • Miss Everything

    Miss Everything
    Crowned Miss Black Tennessee and Miss fire Prevention. She was also a contestant in Miss Black America Pageant.
  • Graduation and Job

    Graduation and Job
    Graduated from Tennessee State University with a Degree in Speech and Performing Arts.
    Became the first black TV news anchor reporter with WTVF-TV
  • Hosting

    Hosted the local version of 'Dialing for Dollars'
  • Oprah Winfrey Show

    Oprah Winfrey Show
    Her show begins.
  • Broadcaster of the Year

    Broadcaster of the Year
    Named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Television and Radio Society.
  • Listen Up

    Listen Up
    Starred in the movie Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones (documentary) .
  • Emmy

    Won Best Talk Show Host at the Daytime Emmy Awards.
  • Forbes

    Became the first woman and the only black on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans.
  • Book Club

    Book Club
    September 16: Oprah announced the start of her successful on-air book club.
  • Time

    Named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people of the year.