Oprah Winfrey's Profile at a Glance

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Oprah Winfrey is one of the most accredited media icons as well as one of the most successful, self made billionaire women in African-American history today. Through her career, she started as a news broadcaster then began to pursue entertainment achieving many accomplishments, including direct contracts as television talk shows host and film actress. Her self-improvement and spirituality values have been influential to millions of people world wide. As one of the greatest black philanthropist donor, she has donated much of her own money to charities around the world. In South Africa, she initiated and built an all girls academy to inspire many young girls to strive for a better life with her personal assistance and support.
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In 1984, she relocated to Chicago where she hosted her first personal talk show "A.M. Chicago" followed by the renaming of the show to become the now well known "The Oprah Winfrey Show" initiated in 1985. That same year, Oprah also started her acting career as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple" which won her an Academy Award and Golden Glove nominations for Best supporting actress. On September 9, 2011, The Oprah Winfrey Show aired its last episode. After more than two and a half decades of the show's success, she continues with the Oprah Winfrey's Network (OWN) still ranking up the charts. Forbes (Oprah Winfrey Net Worth, 2012) has named Oprah as the only African-American Billionaire woman in America placing her worth at 2.7 billion. After ample of great successes Oprah has had, she has continued to support many institutions, including politics. In 1991, Oprah initiated the National Child Protection Act which is also known as the Oprah Bill (Oprah Wiffrey's official biography, 2011) since she had been a victim of a sexually abused child herself. This law would create a database for child care providers to check all applicants' background for sex offenses, child abuse, and other crimes as a safety measure and reassurance to parents of the care of their children. The bill was later signed by President Bill Clinton on December 21st, 1993 (Vachss, 1993). During the Barrack Obama campaign in 2007, Oprah fully supported our now president