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Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris make Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People list

Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris make Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People list

NEW YORK, Oct. 22 (UPI) --Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and Scarlett Johansson have made Barbara Walters' list of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014.
Karen Butler
Clinton Library releases Lewinsky and Whitewater documents

Clinton Library releases Lewinsky and Whitewater documents

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Oct. 10 (UPI) --The Clinton Presidential Library released nearly 10,000 pages of material Friday, shedding new light on in-office scandals, policy debates and interior design.
JC Sevcik
Raven Symone: Don't label me as gay or African-American

Raven Symone: Don't label me as gay or African-American

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 6 (UPI) --Raven Symone set Twitter on Fire Sunday after declaring in an interview with Oprah Winfrey she was "tired of being labeled" as gay and African-American.
Veronica Linares
Oprah Winfrey supports Lindsay Lohan at London play

Oprah Winfrey supports Lindsay Lohan at London play

LONDON, Oct. 5 (UPI) --Oprah Winfrey attended a showing of Lindsay Lohan's West End play, "Speed-the-Plow," this weekend.
Danielle Haynes
Alanis Morisette debuts new blonde hair

Alanis Morisette debuts new blonde hair

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) --Alanis Morisette shared a photo of her new blonde hair, and said she made the change to have "a little fun."
Annie Martin
Jerry Sandusky's son, Matt, talks alleged abuse allegations with Oprah Winfrey

Jerry Sandusky's son, Matt, talks alleged abuse allegations with Oprah Winfrey

CHICAGO, July 8 (UPI) --Matt Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, tells Oprah Winfrey in a forthcoming interview that his alleged abuse was a bedtime "ritual."
Kate Stanton
Mariah Carey accused of tweeting 1997 photo as present-day selfie

Mariah Carey accused of tweeting 1997 photo as present-day selfie

LOS ANGELES, June 16 (UPI) --Mariah Carey shared a misleadingly youthful photo of herself on Twitter last week.
Kate Stanton
Lindsay Lohan is moving to London, report says

Lindsay Lohan is moving to London, report says

NEW YORK, June 1 (UPI) --Lindsay Lohan is reportedly considering a move to London.
Kate Stanton
Oprah Winfrey mourns Maya Angelou

Oprah Winfrey mourns Maya Angelou

CHICAGO, May 29 (UPI) --Oprah Winfrey described Maya Angelou as a mentor, mother, sister and friend in a statement reacting to the late poet's passing.
Kate Stanton
Shelly Sterling reviewing bids to buy the Clippers that could reach up to $2 billion

Shelly Sterling reviewing bids to buy the Clippers that could reach up to $2 billion

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) --Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling is reviewing at least three "preliminary" bids to buy the team that could reach up to $2 billion.
Evan Bleier
UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 25, 2014
By United Press International
Barbara Walters bids farewell to 'The View'

Barbara Walters bids farewell to 'The View'

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) --Barbara Walters' last episode as co-host of "The View" -- the female-centric, multi-host chat show she created in 1997 -- has aired on ABC.
Karen Butler
Michael Sam gets OWN reality show

Michael Sam gets OWN reality show

CHICAGO, May 15 (UPI) --Michael Sam, who became the first openly gay NFL player over the weekend, is getting a reality television show in the Oprah Winfrey Netwok.
Veronica Linares
Oprah Winfrey unveils talk show audition tape from 1983

Oprah Winfrey unveils talk show audition tape from 1983

CHICAGO, May 7 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey shared a video of the audition tape that landed her the job at "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on her network's official YouTube channel on Sunday.
Veronica Linares
Oprah Winfrey weighs bid to buy Clippers

Oprah Winfrey weighs bid to buy Clippers

LOS ANGELES, April 30 (UPI) -- Oprah Winfrey would consider bidding on the Los Angeles Clippers if Donald Sterling is forced to sell.
Kate Stanton
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Oprah Winfrey waves to the crowd as she is introduced during a taping of the Season 24 Kickoff Party for the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago on September 8, 2009. Thousands attended the public taping held in the middle of Michigan Avenue on Chicago's Magnificent Mile shopping district. UPI/Brian Kersey
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Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954) is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was for a time the world's only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.

Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, claiming to be raped at age nine and becoming pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. 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. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication, she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue, which a Yale study claims broke 20th century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream. By the mid 1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, and an emotion-centered approach she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others. From 2006 to 2008, her support of Barack Obama, by one estimate, delivered over a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race.

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