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Oprah Winfrey
Name : Oprah Winfrey
Gender : Female
Date of Birth : 1954-01-29
Place of Birth : Kosciusko, Mississippi
Country Of Nationality : United States
TNN Categories : Actor,Celebrity,TV Personalities
Brief Bio : Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is the American multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest-rated talk show in television history. She is also an influential book... - More...
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Oprah's Touch
Claremont Port Side - Claremont,CA,USA - Bill O’Reilly has called Oprah Winfrey “the most powerful woman in the world,” but it is safe to say that her endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama won’t be the deciding factor in determining his vote this November.  For many Americans and potential campaign donors, however, political endorsements can influence the flow of votes and money – the two most important parts of an election (with, perhaps, the first being more important).

Craig Garthwaite and Timothy Moore of the University of Maryland published a study last month investigating the impact of Winfrey’s endorsement on voter support for Obama. They measured her influence
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Posted 9/30/2008 12:09:39 AM | Permalink
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Myths about the power of Oprah
Daily Camera - CO,USA - “The Oprah Winfrey Show” airs in more than 140 countries, but the woman Time magazine proclaimed The Queen of All Media has only thrown her support to a presidential candidate in one: the United States. In a move unprecedented in her show’s 22-year history, Winfrey announced last fall that she was endorsing Democrat Barack Obama’s bid for the presidency. In September 2007, she hosted Stevie Wonder, Cindy Crawford and Chris Rock, among others, at a fund-raiser at her estate near Santa Barbara, Calif., that brought in more than $3 million for the Illinois senator. She hit the campaign trail to
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Posted 9/16/2008 12:09:24 AM | Permalink
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Oprah's Support Made the Difference for Obama
About - News & Issues - New York,NY,USA - Politicians curry favor with celebrities because the latter often possess both money and influence. And, sometimes, politicians makes friends with celebrities because... well, they're actually friends.

Chicagoans Oprah Winfrey and Barack and Michelle Obama have been genuine friends for many years, long before the Democratic presidential nominee held White House aspirations.

But there's no denying that Oprah possesses an abundance of both money and influence. In fact, Time magazine named Oprah as one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century, and her extraordinary influence continues unabated in the 21st century. And several publications claim that Oprah has been the
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Posted 8/15/2008 12:08:17 AM | Permalink
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Measuring the Oprah Effect: 1000000 Votes
Wall Street Journal Blogs - New York,NY,USA - The impact of celebrity endorsements in political races is hard to nail down, but economists at the University of Maryland think they have it figured out.

When media mogul Oprah Winfrey broke from her past tradition of staying out of politics and endorsed Barack Obama last year, there was much debate over how much Winfrey’s nod would benefit the Illinois senator in his race against former rival Sen. Hillary Clinton.

According to a study by university economists Craig Garthwaite and Tim Moore, it added about 1,000,000 votes to Obama’s column in the contested primary battle.

“We find her endorsement had a positive effect
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Posted 8/7/2008 05:08:12 AM | Permalink
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Grads say Oprah inspires
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA - Media superstar Oprah Winfrey delivered Stanford University's 117th Commencement address Sunday, telling nearly 4,700 graduates: Trust your gut.

"When you are doing the work you are meant to do, it feels right," she said, as the Class of 2008 snapped photographs with their cell phones and tossed beach balls to each other in the warm morning sun. "Feelings are really your GPS system for life. Check your ego at the door and check your gut instead.

"Every wrong decision was the result of me not listening to my voice. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it."

At the first commencement ceremony to
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Posted 6/16/2008 01:06:28 AM | Permalink
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Grads say Oprah inspires
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA - Media superstar Oprah Winfrey delivered Stanford University's 117th Commencement address Sunday, telling nearly 4,700 graduates: Trust your gut.

"When you are doing the work you are meant to do, it feels right," she said, as the Class of 2008 snapped photographs with their cell phones and tossed beach balls to each other in the warm morning sun. "Feelings are really your GPS system for life. Check your ego at the door and check your gut instead.

"Every wrong decision was the result of me not listening to my voice. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it."

At the first commencement ceremony to
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Posted 6/16/2008 01:06:16 AM | Permalink
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'To move forward, you have to give something back,' Oprah Winfrey tells Class of 2008
Stanford Report - USA - She came to dispense words of advice, encouragement and congratulations. But Oprah Winfrey's address at Stanford's 117th Commencement wouldn't have been complete without her giving away something more.

There were no car keys or envelopes of cash awaiting the 4,666 graduates who poured into Stanford Stadium doing the struts and stunts of the Wacky Walk, Stanford's unorthodox version of the traditional graduation procession. Instead, they found two ribbon-wrapped books—Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth and Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind—on their seats, gifts from Winfrey that she also highlighted in her speech about feelings, failure and finding happiness.

"I really wanted to
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Posted 6/15/2008 12:06:31 AM | Permalink
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To move forward, you have to give something back,' Oprah Winfrey tells Class of 2008
Stanford Report - USA - She came to dispense words of advice, encouragement and congratulations. But Oprah Winfrey's address at Stanford's 117th Commencement wouldn't have been complete without her giving away something more.

There were no car keys or envelopes of cash awaiting the 4,666 graduates who poured into Stanford Stadium doing the struts and stunts of the Wacky Walk, Stanford's unorthodox version of the traditional graduation procession. Instead, they found two ribbon-wrapped books—Eckhart Tolle's A New Earth and Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind—on their seats, gifts from Winfrey that she also highlighted in her speech about feelings, failure and finding happiness.

"I really wanted to
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Posted 6/15/2008 12:06:03 AM | Permalink
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Winfrey Takes Top Spot On Forbes Celebrity Power List
RTT News - Williamsville, NY, USA - Wednesday, Forbes published its list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, with U.S. television hostess Oprah Winfrey taking the top spot for a second year in a row.

According to Forbes's website, the list was compiled by estimates of celebrity earnings solely from entertainment related income from June 2001 to June 2008, web searches and mentions on TV, radio or print media.

Forbes estimated that Winfrey earned about $275 million within the last 12 months, despite sagging television ratings and magazine circulation.

She beat out golfer Tiger Woods, who took second place for the second year in a row with $115 million in
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Celebrities : Angelina Jolie, Beyonce Knowles, Johnny Depp, David Beckham, Oprah Winfrey
Categories : Actor News, Celebrity Appearances, Celebrity News
Posted 6/12/2008 11:06:13 AM | Permalink
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Winfrey Takes Top Spot On Forbes Celebrity Power List
RTT News - Williamsville,NY,USA - Forbes published its list of the 100 most powerful celebrities, with U.S. television hostess Oprah Winfrey taking the top spot for a second year in a row.

According to Forbes's website, the list was compiled by estimates of celebrity earnings solely from entertainment related income from June 2001 to June 2008, web searches and mentions on TV, radio or print media.

Forbes estimated that Winfrey earned about $275 million within the last 12 months, despite sagging television ratings and magazine circulation.
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Posted 6/12/2008 12:06:37 AM | Permalink
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Oprah’s Brand Under Attack
NewsMax.com - West Palm Beach, FL, USA - Oprah Winfrey’s “brand” is still strong enough to give a huge boost to any book or other product she endorses, but Oprah “has taken some notable dings lately, largely of her own making,” Ad Age magazine observes.

Oprah’s endorsement of Barack Obama for president raised her “unfavorable” ratings, allowing her to be overtaken by daytime talk show rival Ellen DeGeneres as the most popular celebrity in the U.S. in a Harris Interactive poll, Ad Age reports.

A Gallup poll conducted shortly after Oprah announced her backing of Obama found that her “favorable” rating fell by 8 percentage points, to 66 percent from
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Posted 6/10/2008 04:06:38 AM | Permalink
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Obama clinches nomination and celebrities rejoice
SheKnows.com - Scottsdale, AZ, USA - Besides its historic moment as the first African American to secure a major party’s nomination for President, there are quite a few celebrities in Hollywood raising their glasses today as well.

Ben Affleck’s bromance with Barack
Ben Affleck was one of the first A list celebrities in Hollywood to endorse the junior Senator from Illinois.

Affleck’s commitment to Obama knows no bounds. Whether its wearing an Obama T-Shirt while going for coffee with his wife Jennifer Garner and baby Violet, or speaking on the campaign trail, Affleck will be a face often seen in the Fall Presidential campaign.

Affleck is long a political activist
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Celebrities : Ben Affleck, Scarlett Johansson, Kate Walsh, Oprah Winfrey
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Posted 6/5/2008 09:06:56 AM | Permalink
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Lewis Black puts Oprah and Trump on trial for laughs
Reuters - USA - This here is a rather ingenious little concept bolstered by the at once self-mocking and self-important intellectual comedic sensibility that we've come to identify with Comedy Central.

"Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" has middle-aged comic treasure Lewis Black's fearless stamp all over it, showing him setting up an ersatz trial pitting various individuals and entities of popular culture against one another to determine which is the more downright wicked. In the opener, it's Oprah vs. the Catholic Church. In the second installment, it's Donald Trump vs. Viagra. The close match of the two subjects is obvious enough. Both Oprah and
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Celebrities : Andy Kindler, Greg Geraldo, Paul F. Tompkins, Andrew Daly, Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, Donald Trump, Oprah Winfrey, Patton Oswalt
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Posted 3/12/2008 02:03:47 AM | Permalink
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In 'Oprah's Big Give,' charity is the winner
Los Angeles Times - CA, USA - LET'S get it out of the way up front: I absolutely cried. Twice.

Of all its potential uses, television's ability to emotionally manipulate is one of its most underused. It has frequently entertained, sometimes shocked, and maybe not-quite-often-enough educated. But for the medium to blatantly abuse the goodwill of its viewers, to demand full-throated feeling above and beyond intellectual engagement, is a recent innovation.

Thanks to her daily talk show, Oprah Winfrey was key to this development. When celebrities need to unload, they choose Oprah. But she has also long given equal footing to the struggles of everyday folks. By broadcasting everyday
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Posted 3/2/2008 12:03:42 AM | Permalink
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That 'Big Give' Feeling: Warm, Fuzzy & Familiar
Washington Post - United States - Whatever their various disparities, the contestants on Oprah Winfrey's new reality game show have one thing in common: They believe in themselves. And how! "This might be a chance for me to make a difference," says one aspiring do-gooder, eyes misty. "We are making this miracle happen," gushes another as she helps secure housing for a homeless woman.

"Oprah's Big Give," premiering tomorrow night on ABC, has roots that go way, way back in TV history -- to such mawkish '50s bawl games as "Strike It Rich" and "Queen for a Day," where contestants were rewarded for sob stories with such
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Posted 3/1/2008 12:03:39 AM | Permalink
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Oprah's reality show turns giving into a competition
Boston Globe - United States - Do you ever encounter those people who always let you know they're bringing more good into the world than you are? They're the classic holier-than-thou set, donating money to more important causes than you do, helping those in need on Saturdays and on Sundays, and, most important of all, telling you all about it. Because, compared to them, you are selfish, and petty, too.

Well send them on down to "Oprah's Big Give," a new reality show premiering tomorrow night at 9 on Channel 5. The ABC series pits do-gooders against one another to see who can bring the most positivity
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Posted 3/1/2008 12:03:13 AM | Permalink
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New Role for Oprah: Playing Fairy Godmother on Reality TV
New York Times - United States - Good, new-fashioned American know-how is the ability to blend contradictory impulses, from all-you-can-eat diet plans to altruism that pays. And nobody is better at that kind of alchemy than Oprah Winfrey. Her company’s first network reality show, “Oprah’s Big Give,” which makes its debut on ABC this Sunday, is ingenious: a fierce, cutthroat competition between people who are dedicated to doing good.

Ms. Winfrey, who is in competition with the likes of Bill Gates and George Soros in the arena of giving back, has moved on from you-go-girl to you-give-girl.

There used to be only two distinct kinds of reality shows: elbow-jab
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Posted 3/1/2008 12:03:01 AM | Permalink
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Oprah Winfrey Makes $260 Million More Than You Do Every Year
Jossip - New York, NY, USA - This morning, we were sitting in our closet-sized apartment, eating a can of tuna fish for breakfast [Ed Note: It’s also lunch and dinner] bemoaning our lack of dental insurance and typing away on our 8 year-old computer (it works just fine, except it’s slow as hell and missing the “F” and “W” keys) while piggybacking off our neighbor’s wireless internet connection when suddenly we came across this article on Reuter’s about Oprah’s $260 million salary.

Oprah Winfrey, host and supervising producer of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” earns an estimated $260 million a year, according to a list in TV
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Posted 7/26/2007 12:07:18 AM | Permalink
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5 Things You Didn't Know: Oprah Winfrey
AskMen - USA - Oprah Winfrey is a self-made media mogul and planetary force without precedent. Born into truly abject poverty, today she is history’s first and only black female billionaire with an estimated net worth of over $1.5 billion. Her empire is hardly the world’s largest, but unlike others, she is her empire’s Genghis Khan -- founder, face and driving force of all she surveys.

The Oprah Winfrey Show went coast-to-coast in 1986, and has since conquered 107 countries. Her production company, Harpo, operates her two talk shows (the other being Oprah After The Show), both Dr. Phil and The Rachael Ray Show, the
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Posted 7/22/2007 01:07:24 AM | Permalink
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Michael Imperioli, Ellen Burstyn To Star In 'Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day'
Starpulse.com - Branford, CT, USA - ABC Television and Harpo Films announced today that Michael Imperioli and Ellen Burstyn will star in the two-hour television event motion picture, "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Mitch Albom's For One More Day," based on Albom's bestselling book, "For One More Day." Principal photography begins today on location in Norwalk, CT, as well as other locations in Connecticut and New York.

Imperioli will play Chick Benetto, a broken-down, former baseball player who has collapsed into alcoholism and despair. He returns one night to his small hometown with plans to take his own life. At the final moment, he is magically granted one more
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Celebrities : Ellen Burstyn, Michael Imperioli, Oprah Winfrey
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Posted 7/12/2007 02:07:12 PM | Permalink
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Oprah to Launch Her Own Store
BuddyTV - USA - After launching her own talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, forming her book club, publishing two magazines, and establishing a radio channel, Oprah Winfrey is finally opening her own store. The award-winning host will be adding a fashion boutique to her domain. As confirmed by her spokeswoman, the boutique will be located near Harpo Studios in Carpenter Street, where The Oprah Winfrey Show is filmed in Chicago, Illinois.

The 53-year-old native of Kosciusko, Mississippi, has been in the entertainment business for more than two decades now. However, this is the first time Oprah Winfrey will be penetrating such
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Posted 7/4/2007 12:07:00 AM | Permalink
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Oprah Endorsements Trigger Buzz & Passion for Emerging Diets, Nielsen BuzzMetrics Reports
Market Wire (press release) - USA - Through her unparalleled connection with consumers around the world, media titan and television pioneer Oprah Winfrey recently triggered significant buzz and passion for two emerging diets by endorsing them on her television show and in her magazine.

According to Nielsen BuzzMetrics, the global measurement standard in consumer-generated media, citations of the "BestLife Diet" and "YOU: On a Diet" by "early nutrition adopters" on blogs, boards and other online venues increased 196% and 46%, respectively, during January 2007 versus December 2006. Buzz for the two diets increased 241% and 54% during Q1 2007, respectively, versus Q4 2006, which is well above the
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Posted 5/31/2007 11:05:59 AM | Permalink
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The Mercury News

Ellen DeGeneres, Rob Lowe, Oprah Winfrey react to fire threatening their homes
The Mercury News
That left the Montecito homes of Oprah Winfrey, Jeff Bridges, Drew Barrymore and Patrick Stewart still in the fire's path, TMZ said. Winfrey tweeted her prayers for the community on Sunday. “Peace be Still, is my prayer tonight. For all the fires ...

Variety

Discovery Buys Majority Control of Oprah Winfrey Cable Network
Variety
Oprah Winfrey gained great fame in 2004 for giving each member of her talk-show audience a brand-new Pontiac G6. Now she's parting with something else – but not for free. Discovery Communications said it paid $70 million to increase its stake in the ...

CBN News

Oprah Prays 'Peace Be Still' As Devastating Wildfires Threaten Her Community
CBN News
TMZ is reporting the fire has also spread to Montecito, where celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Drew Barrymore and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres reside. "Peace be Still, is my prayer tonight," Winfrey tweeted Sunday night. "For all the fires raging ...

PEOPLE.com

Tyler Perry Recalls Nervously Asking Oprah Winfrey for Her Autograph Years Ago
PEOPLE.com
Long before she became the godmother of his son, Tyler Perry was starstruck in the presence of Oprah Winfrey. In a sneak peek at his upcoming interview with Willie Geist on Sunday Today, the actor-director opens up about the first time he met the TV ...

Vanity Fair

Oprah Re-Invented TV Once. Can She Do It Again with a Revamped OWN?
Vanity Fair
Tarell Alvin McCraney decided to take a nap in the middle of the day. It was a rare decision for a man who swears he “rarely” sleeps, much less one who followed up his Oscar win for Moonlight's screenplay in February by selling a coming-of-age series ...

E! Online

Jennifer Lawrence Talks to Oprah Winfrey About Dealing With Abuse on Set and Reclaiming Her Sexual Freedom
E! Online
Oprah Winfrey ended her eponymous talk show just before Jennifer Lawrence became a megastar. As part of its annual Power 100 issue, The Hollywood Reporter chose Lawrence as this year's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award recipient—and, to her delight ...

The National

Oprah Winfrey gets a $70m boost to cable channel OWN
The National
Discovery Communications is paying US$70 million to Oprah Winfrey's Harpo to obtain a majority stake in their jointly owned cable channel, OWN. Discovery lifted its holding in OWN to 70 per cent from about 45 per cent. Winfrey will remain chief ...

PEOPLE.com

Shonda Rhimes on How Oprah Winfrey Inspired Her | PEOPLE.com
PEOPLE.com
On Wednesday, Shonda Rhimes was honored at the 24th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame ceremony in Los Angeles, where Winfrey took the stage to pay tribute to the writer/producer of Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder. “I'm here ...
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