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INSPIRATION: The world looks different from the ground
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The world looks different from the ground
By Kelly Miller

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 16She was born in Mississippi to an unwed mother and was later raised in Milwaukee. She was born in economically troubled neighborhood. She admitted that, as a child, she was molested by a few male relatives, so she became pregnant at the age of 14, but her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. Afterward, she was sent to live with the man, who she calls her father, in Tennessee. When she was in high school, she worked at the radio station, and by the time she turned 19, she was co-anchor for the local evening news.

While being in high school, she wasn’t precisely certain with what she wanted to do as a grown-up, but she knew that the part of it has to be speaking or drama.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 02她出生在密西西比州,是一位未婚的母亲,后来在密尔沃基长大。作为一个孩子,她被一些男性亲属骚扰,所以她在14岁时怀孕,但她的儿子早产并夭折。之后,她被送去田纳西州与她父亲一起生活。当她在高中毕业后在广播电台工作, 19岁时,她成为当地晚间新闻的共同主持人。高中时代,她并不确定她想成年后做什么,但她坚信必定和主持或戏剧有关。

A dream

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 05At the age of 17, she won the Miss Black Tennesse beauty pageant and was offered a job at WVOL, a radio station serving the African American community in Nashville. Also, she won a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she majored in speech communications and performing arts. After finishing school, she was offered a job on local television and accepted the position as a reporter.

During her college education, she was offered a job as a co-anchor on a CBS television station, but declined several times before she was convinced by her professor that it may be the ultimate step to launch her career.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 04In 1976, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where she hosted the TV chat show People are talking. The show became very successful, so much that she hosted it for another eight years. After hosting this show, she was recruited by Chicago TV station to host her own morning show, named A.M. Chicago. It didn’t take much time to get the support of people, so within several months she had won 100,000 more views, than her competitor Phil Donahue.





Winfrey sits in her office at WLS in December 1985 when the show was still localWinfrey sits in her office at WLS in December 1985

Her success led to nationwide fame and a role in Steven Spielberg’s movie called The Color Purple, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 06The Color Purple

In September 1985, she changed the name of the show from A.M. Chicago, to The O.W. Show. The very first broadcast of this show was on September 8th, 1986, and it was broadcasted nationally. The main target of this show were women, but due to the controversial topics she brought on to the show, it appealed to people of all genders and ages. On this show, she was promoting books and movie releases. Soon she received multiple Daytime Emmy Awards and several other prestigious awards. In 2000 she released The O. Magazine.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 071985年

她在全国范围内声名鹊起,并在斯蒂芬斯皮尔伯格的电影“The Color Purple”中扮演角色,为此被提名为奥斯卡最佳女配角奖。

1985年9月,她的节目改名为O.W.。这个节目的第一次播出是在1986年9月8日,它在全国播出。这个节目的主要目标是女性,但由于她带来了有争议的主题,它吸引了所有性别和年龄的人。不久,她获得了多个奖项。2000年,她发行了The O. Magazine。

Celebrity interviews

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 17She became famous rapidly, and beside her TV show, she decided to have a heart-to-heart interview with some celebrities.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 08In 1993, she interviewed Michael Jackson, which became the fourth most-watched event in American television history, with an audience of 36.5 million. In 2005, she appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to promote his new Broadway musical The Color Purple, of which she was a producer. This episode was called a “television event of the decade”.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 10She has also interviewed musicians, such as Kanye West, Rihanna and many other famous musicians and actors/actresses.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 11名人访谈



2005年,她与大卫•莱特曼一起出现在晚间秀中,宣传他的新百老汇音乐剧The Color Purple,她是该剧的制片人。

她还采访了Kanye West,Rihanna等音乐家以及其他许多著名的音乐家和演员。

Movie career

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 12In October 1998, Winfrey produced and starred in the film Beloved, based on Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. In 2005, Harpo Productions released a film adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

In late 2008, Winfrey's company, Harpo Films, signed an exclusive output pact to develop and produce scripted series, documentaries, and movies for HBO.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 13She voiced Gussie, the goose, in Charlotte's Web (2006) and voiced Judge Bumbleton in Bee Movie (2007), co-starring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld and Renée Zellweger. In 2009, Winfrey provided the voice for the character of Eudora, the mother of Princess Tiana, in Disney's The Princess and the Frog and in 2010, narrated the US version of the BBC nature program Life for Discovery.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 14In 2018, Winfrey starred as Mrs. Which in the film adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's novel A Wrinkle in Time. She also lent her voice to an animated virtual-reality short film written and directed by Eric Darnell, starring John Legend, titled Crow: The Legend, telling a native American origin tale.

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 15A Wrinkle in Time


1998年10月,温弗瑞根据托尼莫里森获得普利策奖的同名小说制作并出演了电影“宠儿”。 2005年,Harpo Productions发行了一部改编自Zora Neale Hurston 1937年小说“他们的眼睛看着上帝”的电影。

2008年底,温弗瑞的公司Harpo Films签署了一份独家输出协议,为HBO开发和制作剧本系列,纪录片和电影。

2009年,温弗瑞为迪士尼公主与青蛙中的天娜公主之母Eudora的角色配音,并于2010年为BBC自然节目Life for Discovery的美国版本旁白。

2018年,温弗瑞出演电影改编自玛德琳恩格勒的小说“时尚的皱纹”中饰演夫人。她还为由约翰•莱恩(John Legend)主演的埃里克•达内尔(Eric Darnell)编写和导演的动画虚拟现实短片,题为“乌鸦:传奇”配音。

Turn your wounds into wisdom

BT 201908 INSPIRATION 03She is an American television personality, actress, and entrepreneur, whose syndicated daily talk show was among the most popular of the genre. She became one of the richest and most influential women in the United States, billionaire media giant and a philanthropist - Oprah Winfrey.


她是美国电视名人,演员和企业家,其辛迪加的日常脱口秀是该流派中最受欢迎的节目。她成为美国最富有,最有影响力的女性之一,亿万富翁媒体巨头和慈善家 - 奥普拉温弗瑞

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