Monday, April 23, 2007

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954 in Mississippi. She came from a poor black family and her childhood was difficult. Nobody could have guessed that she would become a cultural icon in the US. At 19 she was the youngest African-American woman to present the news on television. In 1984, she moved to Chicago where she hosted AM Chicago. This programme became the number one local talk show and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The Oprah Winfrey Show remained the most successful talk show in America during 20 consecutive seasons. The programme is viewed by more than 48 million Americans every week and is broadcast to more than one hundred countries in the world. A contract ensures that The Oprah Winfrey Show will last until at least 2011. The talk show focuses on issues and topics close to Oprah Winfrey’s heart and to her mostly female audience. The topics being typically American, the programme is not so popular in the rest of the world.
Apart from being a successful talk show host, Oprah Winfrey is also a producer, an actress, the founder of the successful O, the Oprah Magazine and a generous philanthropist who has created a foundation The Oprah Winfrey Foundation. This foundation gives money to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children and families in the United States and around the world. Her desire to change society has brought her many awards and achievements.
In 2006, Forbes (an American magazine) revealed that Oprah Winfrey is the 14th most influential woman of the world. For example, when she recommends a book, it suddenly becomes a bestseller. She is also the wealthiest woman in showbiz with a fortune valued at 1.5 billion dollars. An example of this is the fact that two years ago she even gave a car to each of the 200 people who attended her show.Oprah Winfrey still has many projects and continues to influence and inspire people worldwide by her example of overcoming difficulties. She deserves her title of icon of the United States. Indeed, she is the example of the American dream.

Charlotte Collard and Cindy Danloy

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