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Oprah Winfrey (Orpah Gail Winfrey)

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Kosciusko, Mississippi, USA
Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman.

While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, family. She was born in an economically troubled neighborhood and raised by a single-teenaged mother in the city of Milwaukee. Orpah, named after a biblical character, had a name no one could pronounce, so her family and friends starting calling her Oprah. Read more...

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Selma 2014

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One 2013

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Character: Judge Bumbleton

Bee Movie 2007

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Character: Gussy the Goose

Charlotte's Web 2006

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Beloved 1998

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Character: Zora Williams

Before Women Had Wings 1997

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Character: Herself - Winner: Outstanding Talk Show Host

The 22nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1995

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Character: LaJoe Rivers

There Are No Children Here 1993

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Character: Herself - Presenter: Best Adapted Screenplay and Nominee: Best Picture

The Oscars 2015

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Character: Herself / Valentina Kensington

Oprah Winfrey/Idina Menzel 2014

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Character: Herself - Presenter: 'Mystic River' Film Clip

The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004

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Character: Herself - Hall of Fame Honoree

36th NAACP Image Awards 2005

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Character: Herself - Winner: Favourite Talk Show Host

The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards 1988

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Character: Herself - Selma

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We Shall See Him as He Is 0

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