1954-1960 Oprah was raised on a farm by her grandmother, Grandma Hattie Mae.
1960-1968. Moved from Milwaukee to live with her mother, stepsister and stepbrother in an inner city ghetto in Mississippi. During this time O later revealed she suffered from abuse and was raped by her cousin, uncle, and a family friend
Oprah ran away from home, ran wild and narrowly escaped being sent to a juvenile detention center.
Won a scholarship to Tennessee State University based on her communication skills and worked at the WVOL local radio station whilst attending the University
Crowned Miss Black Tennessee and Miss Fire Prevention. She also took part in the Miss Black America Pageant
She graduated from Tennessee State University with a Degree in Speech and Performing Arts.
Moved to Baltimore to host the 6 o’clock news with WJZ-TV where she met her best friend Gayle King who was a production assistant at WJZ-TV
Was moved from news anchor to the WJZ-TV morning talk show host of People are Talking with Richard Sher
Moved to Chicago, Illinois in late 1983 in preparation to host the talk show A.M. Chicago for WLS-TV
January 2: First episode of A.M. Chicago. Show was extremely successful in the ratings
Continued to work on the Oprah Winfrey Show
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 'The Color Purple' but lost to Anjelica Huston
February 9: Her much acclaimed episode from her show was aired from Forsyth County, Georgia, where no blacks had been allowed to live since 1912.
Named Broadcaster of the Year by the International Television and Radio Society
Starred as Mattie Michael in the movie The Women of Brewster Place (she was also executive producer)
Appeared in the TV program Brewster Place as Mattie Michael
Initiated the National Child Protection Act and testified before Congress
Won Best Talk Show Host at the Daytime Emmy Awards
Hosted an interview with Michael Jackson which reached an audience of one hundred million.
Won Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host at the 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
Became the first woman and the only black on Forbes list of 400 richest Americans. She has remained the only black person to rank among America's 400 richest people nearly every year since 1995
Became co-author of the book A Journal of Daily Renewal : The Companion to Make the Connection, by Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey
Formation of Oprah’s Angel Network encouraging people to make charitable contributions and volunteer work.
February 26: Sucessfully defended herself in the food disparagement lawsuit brought by Texas cattlemen following the show about Mad Cow Disease
1999 Co-author of the book Make the Connection : Ten Steps to a Better Body and a Better Life, by Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey
In 2002 Fortune called O, the Oprah Magazine the most successful start-up ever in the industry.
She was the narrator in the documentary Unchained Memories: Readings from the Slave Narratives
The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Concert was hosted by Oprah and Tom Cruise
The Color Purple was made into a Broadway musical of which she was a producer
February 9: Signed 3-year contract with XM Satellite Radio to establish a new radio channel based in Chicago
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