- Occupation: Producer, Animator, Businesswoman
- Real name: Oprah Gail Winfrey
- Sign: Aquarius
- Date of birth: Friday, January 29, 1954 (age 65)
- Country: United States
Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954, in the United States, specifically in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Her childhood, rather unfortunate and marked by mistreatment, did not necessarily predispose her to become a star. Trimballed between her grandmother, her mother and her father, she finally found her way at 17 when she made her debut as a reporter on a local radio station. Radio was only a small step, and it’s television that will make her a queen.
It was a little later that her film career took off as she played Sofia in Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple (1985). A leading role that earned her the nomination “Best Actress in a Second Role” at the Oscars and Golden Globes.
In 1986, she played in Native Son alongside Matt Dillon and became the presenter of her own show in her name, the Oprah Winfrey Show, which was then broadcast nationally. Very popular with the Americans, she combines her talent as an actress and the notoriety of her name by interpreting her own role in many productions, including ” Mommy out of the train” (1987), ” Ocean’s 13″ (2007) and in the TV shows ” Le Prince de Bel-Air (1992), Papa Bricole (1998), Bette (2000) and Rock (2008).
After having played a character other than her own role in Beloved (1998) with Danny Glover, she embarked on the dubbing of films. She plays Gussy the Goose in Charlotte’s The Little World (2006) and then lends her voice to the animated films Bee Movie – Funny Bee (2007) by DreamWorks Animation and The Princess and the Frog (2009) by Walt Disney Animation Studios.
In 2011, she stopped her television show after 26 years of broadcasting and returned to the cinema in a leading role, that of Gloria Gaines, wife of Cecil Gaines – Forest Whitaker on screen – in The Butler (2013) by Lee Daniels ( she had already produced the director’s feature film, Precious in 2009). Through her projects and her relationship with the director, she confirms her status as a fervent defender of the African-American community.
Source: Naija News