When we talk about role models of colour we can’t get any better than Oprah Winfrey. At next month’s Golden Globe awards she’ll be the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globe Awards. A talk show host queen, an actress, producer and philanthropist. How has this 63 year old, managed to influence many through her shows and achievements?
Winfrey credits her grandmother for guiding her towards success, saying that it was Hattie Mae who encouraged her to speak up in public, giving Winfrey confidence at an early age and a positive sense of self.
Oprah Triva Time! How many of these facts about Oprah did you know already?
- Winfrey was born the daughter of an unwed teen. She later on had a child at 14 years who died as an infant.
- Oprah Winfrey’s family was so poor growing up that, as a child, Winfrey was teased at school for wearing dresses made of potato sacks.
- As a child, Oprah Winfrey was nicknamed “The Preacher” for her ability to recite Bible verses as her grandmother often took her to church
- Winfrey has said that she decided to not be a mother because she was not “mothered” well.
- In 1993, Winfrey conducted a rare prime-time interview with Michael Jackson (before accusations of child molestation) – the most watched interview ever, with an audience of 36.5 million people.
- After graduating in Communications, Oprah found work in local media, and became the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV.
- Oprah Winfrey is the first black woman billionaire and the richest African-American woman.