Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey

January 29, 1954 - Present

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

- Oprah Winfrey


Became the youngest and first African-American anchor for WTVF-TV in Nashville at the age of 19.

Host of the highest-rated talk show in history, "The Oprah Winfrey Show"

Received a total of 16 Daytime Emmy Awards for "Outstanding Talk Show Host" and "Outstanding Talk Show"

Received two Academy Award nominations.

Received two Tony Award nominations with one win.

Makes her film debut in "The Color Purple," for which she is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.

President Bill Clinton signs into law the "Oprah Bill". This bill, officially called the National Child Protection Act, creates a national criminal history background check system.

Wins the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Special, "ABC After School Special: Shades of a Single Protein."

Inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmy Awards.

Accepts the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Becomes the first African-American woman on Forbes magazine's "World's Richest People" list, with a net worth of about $1 billion.

Opens the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa. The school houses 152 girls from deprived backgrounds and provides them with an education.

Receives the Chairman's Crystal Pillar Award for her decades of work in network television from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Receives an honorary Oscar, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Is awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama.

Wins a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for "The Color Purple."

Receives the 2018 Golden Globes' Cecil B. DeMille Award, which is given "to a talented individual for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."