Aside from being an inspiring role model, television talk show host, entrepreneur and author, the famed Oprah Winfrey is also able to call herself an award-winning actress.
Although Winfrey is best known for her talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, she has also appeared in a plethora of successful films such as Beloved, The Color Purple, and The Butler—just to name a few.
As a woman of many hats, it is important for Winfrey to remain up-to-date in every area she uses to maintain the name she has made for herself. She has her own television network that houses various sitcoms and reality shows including Love Thy Neighbor and Iyanla Vanzant: Fix My Life, and she keeps up with current Hollywood stars on Oprah: Where Are They Now?
With all of these responsibilities, including running Oprah.com and publishing books and magazines, Winfrey still finds time to get back into acting. In fact, she is set to appear in and produce a film entitled Selma.
The film will focus on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s struggle to secure voting rights for minorities. It will take the audience back to 1965 when King and a number of other protesters marched from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.
The march led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act, and the film serves as a 50th anniversary celebration of that enactment.
Deemed the first African-American billionaire of the 20th century and the most influential Black person of her time, Winfrey has a special place in her heart for the rights of African-Americans.
In Selma, Winfrey plays Annie Lee Cooper, a Civil Rights protest leader who is denied the right to register to vote.
The film is set for a limited release on Christmas and will be open wide on Jan. 9. It will be shot in Atlanta, Montgomery, and Selma, Ala.