Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey
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Date of birth 29 January 1954
Age 65
Birthplace Kosciusko, Mississippi

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.[1] Winfrey was a strong supporter of Barack Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign[2] and said she would like to have Sarah Palin on her talk show but only after the election.[3]

Winfrey espouses new-age spiritual views and has been called the first new-age pope. She is on the record as denying that salvation is solely through Christ.[4]

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.[5] It might also be an example of metathesis, since the consonant cluster 'pr' is considered easier to pronounce than 'rp.'