Oprah Winfrey by: Ty'liyah Thames

Oprah winfrey

ry 29, 1954) is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, andphilanthropist.[1] Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.[5] Dubbed the "Queen of All Media",[6] she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century,[7] the greatest black philanthropist in American history,[8][9] and is currently North America's only black billionaire.[10] She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.[11][12] In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama[13] and an honorary doctorate degree fromHarvard.[14]Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication,[17] she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized[17][18] the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue,[17] which a Yale study says broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.[19][20] By the mid-1990s she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas,[21]and an emotion-centered approach,[22] she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.[23] From 2006 to 2008, her support of Barack Obama, by one estimate, delivered over a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race.[24]

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