1954 - Born on the 29th of January in Kosciusko, Mississippi. American talk show host. 1971 - She won the "Miss Black Tennessee" when she was 18.- Graduated from East Nashville High School in Nashville, Tennessee. 1976 - Graduated from Tennessee State University. 1985 - Starred in movie "The Color Purple" as Sofia. 1986 - Host and eponym of nationally syndicated television show "The Oprah Winfrey Show". - Dated and cohabited with self-help author Stedman Graham. 1987 - Received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Drama from Tennessee State University. 1989 - Earned her Academy of Achievement award. 1994 - Co-wrote the book "Oprah Winfrey: The Real Story" by George Mair. - Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, New York. 1996 - Introduced Oprah's Book Club. 1998 - She was a cast in the movie "Beloved" as Sethe. 1999 - Given an honorary National Book Award for her "influential contribution to reading and books". 2000 - She founded magazine "O: The Oprah Magazine". - Recipient of the Spingarn Medal. 2005 - She was ranked by Business Week as one of America's top 50 most generous philanthropists. 2006 - Collapsed from heat exhaustion during a recent visit to her hometown of Kosciusko, Mississippi. 2007 - Diagnosed with thyroid disorder.
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- "Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine."
- "I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you."
- "The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning."
- "Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way."
- "Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."