Though criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, Her mother, Vernita Lee (born c. Winfrey's biological father is usually noted as Vernon Winfrey (born 1933), a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who had been in the Armed Forces when she was born. A genetic test in 2006 determined that her matrilineal line originated among the Kpelle ethnic group, in the area that today is Liberia.However, Mississippi farmer and World War II veteran Noah Robinson, Sr. Her genetic makeup was determined to be 89% Sub-Saharan African, 8% Native American, and 3% East Asian.After Oprah had taken over, the daily chat show took off, and this later led to her own programme – The Oprah Winfrey Show.
It’s unfortunate that Matt went on Oprah,” she said. (Umm, yeah.) “It seemed like a good forum for him to announce to the world that we were no longer together, which I found fantastically inappropriate.
Of course, he was busy declaring his love for me on It’s unfortunate that Matt went on Oprah,” she said.
Through her talk shows and books, she has focused on many issues facing American women.
She has been an important role model for black American women, breaking down many invisible barriers. Her parents were unmarried and separated soon after conception. She lived in great poverty and often had to dress in potato sacks for which she was mocked at school.
I was also the person who suggested that Jerry Springer not go into syndication, for which I have received too little credit.
All of these years I have maintained a discreet silence about my role as Oprah's adviser, but now that she has spilled the beans, the time is right to tell the whole story.
They’ve now been married for nearly 12 years and share four children (one of whom is Barroso’s from a previous relationship). Soon after the Damon split, she was linked with Harrison Ford, who was 28 years her senior.
She was later engaged to Josh Brolin, but they broke up before making it down the aisle.
Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses.
When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother would hit her with a stick when she did not do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.
Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19.