20 Lesser Known Facts about Oprah Winfrey

Oprah was born on 29th of January in 1954 in the Kosciusko region of Mississippi in USA. There are various traits to this famous personality; the major ones being media proprietor, talk show host, philanthropist, producer and actress. She is the lead from her talk show host “The Oprah Winfrey Show” which has been the highest ranked TV program of its kind in the history of the world. She has been also regarded as the most influential woman in the history of the world and one look at her fame; you will understand that she totally deserves that.

Oprah Winfrey’s name might be a little known in India but she is the lady that is a big brand in her own way in foreign countries. It will not be wrong to say that she is the living legend who is living a life that influences millions of people out there. She is also a great deal among the celebrities out there in India; it is just that the commoner here don’t know a lot of the things about her. But if we are talking about her fame among the stars; let us just simplify it by stating one incident. Amitabh Bachchan who is the Star of the Millenium in India drove her himself while she visited India. So on the occasion of her 62nd birthday; let us get to know 10 lesser known facts about Oprah Winfrey in this:

20 A Dog Person

20 Lesser known Facts about Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is known to be a very strong ye loving and affectionate person. But her love doesn’t get restricted towards people only. She has 5 dogs out of which one is cocker spaniel Sadie, 2 golden retrievers Luke and Layla and 2 springer spaniels named Sunny and Lauren. Now you would have a moment of pride with yourself if you are a dog person too as you have the world’s biggest celebrity to match your likes.

19 Oprah and Harpo

Photo: Jake Rosenberg of The Coveteur

Photo: Jake Rosenberg of The Coveteur

True Oprah Winfrey fans will not be stranger to this Harpo thing since that this is the name of her production company. It is simply Oprah spelled backward. In “The Color Purple”; it was the name of the character to which Oprah was married with. It was also her first role for which she was nominated for Oscar.

18 Career Launcher


Of course we are not skipping our article in between to start writing about a coaching institute; we are still talking about Oprah. Oprah has always learnt to help people and of course she does help people who are close to her. Oprah launched the TV career of Dr. Phil, Gayle King (who is also Oprah’s best friend), Nate Berkus’ TV career and the TV career of Dr. Oz. Ok; you might be thinking now that she is Salman Khan of USA; Salman only wishes!

17  Stedman Graham connection

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This famous man is known by a lot of people as the partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey and their relation is one example of sticking through each other with thick and thin. He and Oprah have been together since 1986 and it is also known that even though he proposed Oprah in 1992; they never decided to wed.

16 A giving Boss

We know for sure what employees who are working for Oprah would be thankful for on their thanksgiving; it is that they are working for Oprah. Oprah had taken her staff members and their families to a European Cruiser in 2009. Your boss giving you just a few extra bucks at the festival time would see a little miser now; right?!

15 Oprah Hated Oprah

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Oprah Winfrey is loved so much that it is said that after she gained popularity there was an increase in parents naming their girl child as Oprah. But it is completely surprising to know that she actually hated and to be precise; she hated her name with actual passion while she was growing.

14 Love thy Audience

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This must be the motto of the person who is hosting a chat show or any kind of show as you must believe it that ces are what makes and breaks your show. Oprah Winfrey once gave Pontiac vehicles to all of her studio audiences and told them to sell their cars for money when some of them found the taxes to be paid as too much. Also for straight 8 years; she made a list of favorite things and then later gave each of the item to the members in the audience.

13 Dream comes true

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We all have our idols and favorite while growing up and Oprah was no different. As she recalls it; she was in high school when she went to see the Jackson Five concert in Nashville at the Municipal Auditorium. Years later; the celebrity was once again in front of her but only this time; he was exclusive. Michael appeared in her show and it was like a dream come true for her.

12 Not fit for TV

June 26, 1978: Oprah Winfrey upon becoming co-anchor of Eyewitness News on WJZ, with cohost Jerry Turner in Baltimore, Maryland. (Getty Images)

She rules it all; TV, Radio, Magazines, movies and everything. It will be hard to believe that she was once turned down and actually demoted from her job as she was not believed to be quite fit to be appeared on the TV. Basically it was said that she was not the TV material and isn’t it fun to see how things have turned around.

11 Oprahfication

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You got to be famous if the people at the Wall Street are giving a tendency of something to start with your name. Wall Street Journal coined the term Oprahfication after her which actually means taking the path of public confession as a form of therapy. Oprah was seen confessing quite personal details about her weight problems, sexual abuse and twisted love life while crying in front of her guests and cameras and audiences. Even the Time magazine credited Oprah for creating a new way of media communication known as “Rapport Talk”. Not only it was her; but later on many of the other celebrities were known to adopted this style when they confessed their emotions in front of the mike and camera.

10 Doctor Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has received honorary doctorate degrees from Harvard University and Duke University. She got dressed in the iconic black cap and the crimson gown while she accepted her doctorate at the Harvard University in 2013. It was a rather emotional moment for her when she paraded through the Harvard yard and Ivy League professors and students were taking pictures of this billionaire talk show host. She actually showed while having this moment that the joy of some of the things in life is more than the joy of some of the things that you can buy.

9 Favorite Foods

We all want to know each and every little thing when it comes to our favorite celebrities and the one question for many of us being what is the favorite food of the celebrity we idolize and adore. Oprah cannot resist it when a spicy chicken is brought in front of her from the Chicken Shack in Nashville. Also mashed potatoes with hoarsedish are something that she relishes from time to time.

8 Inspiring for education

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Only the one who has undergone a rough childhood or has seen the life of poor people from close can understand the importance of educating the children from the lower segments of the society. Oprah so far has sponsored 100 black men through college and for doing so; it had cost her for over $7 millions in various scholarships. Also for a person who has achieved almost everything that has can be desired; she considers her greatest achievement to open a girls’ school in Africa.

7 Generosity

02 Jan 2007, Henley-on-Klip, South Africa — US talk show host Oprah Winfrey (C) cuts the ribbon with some of the girls who have enrolled in her school during the opening of the school funded by Winfrey in Henley-on-Klip, South Africa, Tuesday 02 January 2007. Some of the guests who attended the opening where, Chris Rock, Mariah Carey and Mary J Blidge. — Image by © Kim Ludbrook/epa/Corbis

Oprah doesn’t only keep her generous donations limited to education and all; she is the woman who likes to stand for things what she believes in. It was the year 2004 when she was first added to the list of 50 most generous Americans and she became the first Black American to be included too. Also she remained amongst the top 50 generous Americans till 2010. Whether it is the natural calamity or the donations and charity for a reason; Oprah does it all.

6 LGBT activist

LGBT rights are creating a buzz in India for past several years now; but there was a time some decades ago when gays and lesbians were viewed as social outcast in USA too. Oprah Winfrey openly stood in the favor of gays and lesbians and she was even there on the show of Ellen DeGeneres when she came out on her own show.

5 Oprah Angel Network

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In the year 1998; she incepted the Oprah’s Angel Network. This charity not only supported charitable projects but it also provided grants to NGOs all over the world. The money raised by the show was $80,000,000 and since Oprah herself was covering all the associated costs that were associated with the charity; 100% of the funds that were raised went straight to charity.

4 Dark Side

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Though she looks like a sorted person now and is a provider of guidance for the millions of her fans out there; there was a time in her life when her own life was looking like a bit deviated from the right path. She said that while she was growing up; she experimented with some of the drugs that even included cocaine. Also she faked the robbery in her own home just so that she could make her mother buy her a new pair of fashionable glasses. She also confessed that while she was working in Baltimore; she had a heated affair with married man. This affair of her with this man went for 4 years. Though she is open about a lot of things in her life; she never shared the name of that man.

3 Named by Mistake

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Oprah Winfrey and her name has a great impact on people who are her fans and even those who are not. Her name is enough to attract a crowd of thousands. But did you know that this name of this legend was a result of a mistake? Oprah was not the name that her parents wanted for her. They actually wanted to name her Orpah from a Biblical character from the Book of Ruth. But somehow it was misspelled on her birth certificate and it stuck with her.

2 Past of Sexual Abuse

Oprah Winfrey was raped when she was just 9 and these cruel incidents scarred her for life. As a result of these devils like acts by some wolves in the shape of men; she got pregnant with a child at the age of 14 only. Although she made the decision of delivering the child; the child died at the infancy only. This whole incident made a deep impact on her and to this day we know that Oprah is childless. This incident however made her a fierce advocate of children rights and over the time she stood for the kids who faced hell like this and also helped in spreading awareness for the cause of safety of children through her talk shows.

1 Medal of Freedom

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Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award of USA and Oprah received this award from Barack Obama in 2013. She was given the award considering her remarkable contribution in the fields of media. Oprah is known as the empress of the media in USA and thus it was quite an apt decision to award her with such an honor. Considering that her talk show The Oprah Winfrey show was the highest rated talk show in USA for 25 years; Oprah really seemed to earn this award with her other awards too.

So these were some of the lesser known facts about Oprah Winfrey and though we know that there are still many milestones that this legend has to touch before she herself thinks that it is enough for her. Oprah Winfrey has been a source of inspiration for millions of her fans out there and it is quite understood that she stands at a position that has been earned by her through her hard work, struggles and never say die attitude. For now on behalf of whole team and the readers of Listotop; we would like to wish this media mogul a very happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!


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