Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi.  After a troubled adolescence in a small farming community, where she was sexually abused by a number of male relatives and friends of her mother, Vernita, she moved to Nashville to live with her father, Vernon, a barber and businessman.  Oprah later went to college in Nashville and majored in communication skills and got a job in television broadcasting in 1971. In 1976, Oprah Winfrey moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted the TV chat show People Are Talking.  Oprah became a hit and stayed in Maryland for a couple more years and received 100,000 views.  With her success in the show she later acted in the movie The Color Purple. In 1995 she became well known for her weight loss of 90 pounds and competed in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. in the following year.  In 2002, she concluded a deal with the network to air a prime-time complement to her syndicated talk show. Her highly successful monthly, O: The Oprah Magazine debuted in 2000, and in 2004, she signed a new contract to continue The Oprah Winfrey Show through the 2010-11 season. Now syndicated, the show is seen on nearly 212 U.S. stations and in more than 100 countries worldwide. Soon after Oprah made her own network OWN the Oprah Winfrey Network. Despite a rocky financial start her show still made headlines through her determination. Oprah has made a number of accomplishments throughout her career as a talk-show host because of her ambitious dreams.

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