Self- made billionaire, entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey is best known for her ability to positively touch others with her contagious spirit. She is an actress, philanthropist, publisher and producer. But you already knew that.
Here are eight interesting facts you might not know about the mogul.
1. Her name wasn’t supposed to be Oprah.
Her real name is actually Orpah after a character in the bible, but it was misspelled and mispronounced as Oprah often and the nickname stuck.
2. She was a teenage mother.
At the age of 14, she had a son, born two months prematurely. He died from health complications.
3. She’s an HBCU grad.
Did you know Oprah attended Tennessee State University on a scholarship? The university granted her an academic scholarship after she won several high school debate competitions.
4. Oprah sang her own show’s theme song
In 1998, Oprah took voice lessons so that she could sing her own theme song, “Run On.” She also produced her first—and only—music video for the song!
5. She found out she had a half sister in 2010.
Her mother had plenty of children and Oprah only spent a limited time living with her due to her mother’s promiscuous behavior. She found out in 2010 she had a half sister named Patricia.
6. Oprah is the third woman and first Black woman to own her own studio.
When she purchased Harpo studios, she joined the ranks of Lucille Ball and Mary Pickford.
7. She Was A Beauty queen.
In 1971, she won the “Miss Black Tennessee” title. According to sources, In 1972, she competed in the Miss Black America competition, but her blossoming news career and college studies ended her pageant days.
8. She Hadn’t won an Emmy since 1998.
She simply wanted to give someone else the opportunity. Winfrey withdrew her eligibility after winning the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998 and numerous Emmys. Prior to that, she regularly nabbed the Emmy for Outstanding Daytime Variety Show.
Did you learn anything new about Oprah?