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OPRAH WINFREY (Gussy) made her acting debut in 1985 as "Sofia” in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple,” for which she received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations. She also has been lauded for her performances in the made-for-television movies 1997's"Before Women Had Wings,” 1993's "There Are No Children Here,”(1993), and in 1989 "The Women of Brewster Place.” As supervising producer and host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she has gathered an audience of millions of viewers for the past two decades. Her accomplishments as a television pioneer, producer, magazine founder, educator, and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.

Through her company's film division, Harpo Films, she has produced projects based on classic and contemporary literature that have garnered the highest industry honors for quality acting and production. Telefilms under the "Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner have included the award-winning "Tuesdays With Morrie,” based on the best-selling novel by Mitch Albom and starring Academy Award®-winner Jack Lemmon and Emmy Award-winner Hank Azaria; "David and Lisa,” an updated version of a 1962 film, re-written for television by Lloyd Kramer and Theodore Isaac Rubin and starring Academy Award®-winner Sidney Poitier; and "Their Eyes Were Watching God,” based on the Zora Neale Hurston novel and starring Academy Award®-winner Halle Berry.

In 1998, Harpo Films produced the critically acclaimed "Beloved,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison, which co-starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover and was directed by Jonathan Demme.

Oprah began her broadcasting career at WVOL radio in Nashville while still in high school. At the age of 19, she became the youngest person and the first African-American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. She then relocated to Baltimore's WJZ-TV to co-anchor the "Six O'Clock News” and later went on to become co-host of its local talk show, "People Are Talking.”

In 1984, she moved to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, "AM Chicago,” which became the number one local talk show—surpassing ratings for "Donahue”—just one month after she began. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show.” It entered national syndication in 1986, becoming the highest-rated talk show in television history. In 1988, she established Harpo Studios, a production facility in Chicago, making her the third woman in the American entertainment industry (after Mary Pickford and Lucille Ball) to own her own studio.

"The Oprah Winfrey Show” has remained the number one talk show for 20 consecutive seasons. The show is seen by an estimated 48 million viewers a week in the United States and is broadcast internationally in 123 countries.

In April 2000, Oprah and Hearst Magazines introduced O, The Oprah Magazine, a monthly publication that currently has a circulation of 2.3 million readers each month. In April 2002, Oprah launched the first international edition of the magazine in South Africa. is a premier women's lifestyle website, offering advice on everything from the mind, body and spirit to food, home and relationships. It provides comprehensive resources related and exclusive content based on "The Oprah Winfrey Show”, "O, The Oprah Magazine”, and "Oprah & Friends.” In addition, the website has unique original content, including Oprah's Book Club, which offers free in-depth reading guides for each book selection, online discussion groups and Q&A sessions with literary experts. Oprah's Book Club quickly became the largest book club in the world, presently attracting more than one million members. In 2003, also launched "Live Your Best Life,” an interactive multimedia workshop based on her sold-out national speaking tour that features Oprah's personal life


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