Oprah Winfrey’s meteoric rise to fame and fortune is well documented and celebrated.
She was born in Mississippi. She attended Tennessee State University, an HBCU in the heart of Nashville. At age 19, Oprah became the youngest and first African-American anchor for the city’s WTVF-TV.
After continuing her journalism career in Baltimore, she then hosted a morning show in Chicago. That production was called The Oprah Winfrey Show, was syndicated in 1986 and received 16 Daytime Emmy Awards.
She starred in films such as 1985’s “The Color Purple.” More recently, she has appeared in “The Butler” (2013) and “Wrinkle in Time” (2018).