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Oprah Winfrey There are many famous people who are recognized immediately all over the world by their first names alone Among them theres Oprah Gail Winfrey who is just not another famous entertainer but a friend to the world and a role model for all people of any gender race or group Her warmth as a human being influences and inspires everyone As a popular daily talk show host actress and owner of her own production company Oprah is one of the most successful women in the entertainment business Even at an early age Oprah knew she had to take charge of her life if she wanted to succeed Oprah was born in Kosciusko Mississippi on January 29 1954 When she was born her father Veron Winfrey was away in the army Her mother Vernita Lee went to Milwaukee Wisconsin to work as a cleaning lady Oprahs parents were never married She was left with her grandmother Hattie May on a farm in Mississippi Oprah was lonely on the farm and she didnt have any friends her own age Looking back at her childhood she says There werent other kidsI played with the animals and talked to the cows Saidman 9 Oprahs grandmother taught her how to read at a very early age and also taught her to speak well Once when Oprah visited her father in Nashville Tennessee she made a speech at a church and was paid 500 The experience made her realize what she wanted to do with her life She came home from the church and told her father that she planned to be famous and that she wanted to get paid to talk when she grew up Oprah endured a hardship that has left her scarred When she was 9 years old a male cousin raped her but not only that some of her mothers friends sexually abused her as well Oprah believed that somehow she was responsible for the
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