|Born|| January 29, 1954 |
Oprah Winfrey is a successful talk show host, and is one of the richest African-Americans of all time, and is considered one of the most influential. She owns and runs the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Winfrey is a liberal Democrat, and has donated money to the Democratic Party, but received some praise in 2000 for allowing both presidential candidates, George W. Bush and Al Gore, to appear on her show in a fairly balanced manner, despite her personal views. Winfrey was a strong supporter of Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign and said she would like to have Sarah Palin on her talk show but only after the election.
During an interview with the BBC in 2013, Winfrey infamously stated that older white people, "just have to die," in order to solve racism. Snopes and The Weekly Standard bizarrely defended these comments. In 2020, Winfrey accused lower-class white people of possessing "white privilege."
Origin of name
Oprah's name was actually supposed to be that of the biblical figure Orpah. However, it was misspelled on her birth certificate. It might also be an example of metathesis, since the consonant cluster 'pr' is considered easier to pronounce than 'rp.'
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