Oprah Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She has a BA degree from Tennessee State University and a master's degree from Spelman College. In 1986, she started her career as a television reporter. Two years later, she became the first black woman to host a talk show
In 1988 Oprah launched her own magazine, O, The Oprah Magazine, which was distributed nationwide. In 1990, she began hosting her own talk show called The Oprah Winfrey Show. The show became the highest-rated program in daytime television history and one of the most watched shows in America.
In 1997, Oprah's book "The Oprah Winfrey Show Book Club" was published. That year she also received a Golden Globe award for her work as an actress and producer in the film "Beloved." The next year, she received another Golden Globe award for her role as a producer of "Beloved." In 1999, Oprah signed an exclusive deal with Harpo to become the CEO of OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. She continued to host her talk show until May 2011 when it ended due to poor ratings.
In 2012, Oprah launched a daytime talk show called "Oprah's Next Chapter" that is broadcast weekdays at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m..