Oprah was born into poverty in Mississippi to a teenage single mother. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. Winfrey was then sent to live with the man she calls her father, Vernon Winfrey, a barber in Tennessee, and landed a job in radio while still in high school. By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news. Her special skills in comunication, making it very originally like only she could, led to her transfer to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company and became internationally famous.
She created a more intimate confessional form of media communication, popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show. Winfrey broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream through television appearances. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.
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