OPRAH WINFREY (Sethe/Producer) earned both Academy Award®
and Golden Globe nominations for her feature film acting debut
in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple."
The celebrated talk-show host, actress, producer, philanthropist,
and businesswoman is the chairman of Harpo Entertainment Group
in Chicago. Through Harpo Productions, she produces and hosts
"The Oprah Winfrey Show," the highest-rated talk show
in television history. Since entering syndication in 1986, "The
Oprah Winfrey Show" has remained the number-one talk show
for 12 consecutive seasons, receiving 32 Emmys -- seven of which
went to the host. At the end of the 1995/96 television season,
Oprah was honored with the most prestigious award in broadcasting,
the George Foster Peabody Individual Achievement Award. In June
1998, she was named one of the 100 most influential people of
the Twentieth Century by "Time." More recently, Oprah
was named "Most Important Person in Books and Media"
by "Newsweek" magazine, and in May of 1998 received
the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television
Arts and Sciences.
Oprah began her career in broadcasting at age 19, when she became
both the youngest news anchor and the first African-American woman
news anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She then moved to Baltimore
to co-anchor the six o'clock news, until she was recruited to
cohost Baltimore's WJZ-TV's local talk show, "People Are
Seven years later, she relocated to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning
talk show, "AM Chicago," which became the number-one
talk show one month after Oprah took over. In less than a year,
the show expanded to an hour and was renamed "The Oprah Winfrey
In addition to her acting debut in "The Color Purple,"
Oprah was lauded by critics for her performances in "There
Are No Children Here" and "The Women of Brewster Place,"
two acclaimed television projects produced by Harpo Films.
Under the Harpo Films banner, Oprah is the executive producer,
with Kate Forte, of the Oprah Winfrey franchise "Oprah Winfrey
Presents," a collection of original television television
films for ABC. The first production, "Before Women Had Wings,"
starring Ellen Barkin, Tina Majorino, and Oprah Winfrey, debuted
last fall. An adaptation of Dorothy West's "The Wedding"
aired earlier this year.
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