Oprah Winfrey Essay

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Oprah Winfrey When Oprah Winfrey told her 49 million viewers, "It just stopped me cold from eating another burger!" (Tannen) about Mad cow disease, she had no idea it would cost the beef industry $12 million (Tannen). Texas cattlemen tried to sue Oprah for causing this massive downfall, but she would win (Tannen). Once a constantly abused thirteen year old girl Oprah Winfrey is now arguably the most famous African American woman and her talk show is highly regarded as the most talked about show in America. Her show has influenced many to change their lives and help others out. Oprah Winfrey's abusive childhood has driven her to make something out of herself and others. Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi to a poor Baptist family (Wikipedia). Her parents, Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee were unmarried and still teenagers when she was born. She lived with her grandmother who taught her how to read aloud and recite sermons by the age of 3 (America's Beloved Best Friend). At the age of 13 she moved to Milwaukee with her mother and then the trouble in Oprah’s life started (America's Beloved Best Friend). She was a victim of sexual abuse and molestation from her cousin, family friends, and her uncle (Walker). Oprah kept this a secret and bottled up her anger, which lead to more trouble (Walker). She repeatedly ran away from home and was sent to juvenile detention, but her admission was denied because of the detention’s overcrowded population (America's Beloved Best Friend). At the age of 14 she was impregnated by one of her abusers, but the baby was a stillborn, and this devastated Oprah (Walker). Her mother then sent her to live with her father in Nashville, Tennessee as a last resort, she then vowed to change her life (Walker). Her father was almost the complete opposite of her mother (America's Beloved Best Friend). He was a

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