Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Her role as Sofia in 'The Color Purple' (1985)

Background:

“All my life I have always known I was born to greatness.” Oprah Winfrey

One of the new pop culture icons according to a survey, Oprah Winfrey embraced
her audience with the worldwide talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (began airing
in 1986). Aside from her reputation as the talk show queen, Winfrey also earned
an Oscar nomination for her turn as Sofia in the drama The Color Purple (1985,
also a Golden Globe nomination) and received an Acapulco Black Film Festival
nomination for her role as Sethe in Beloved (1998, also produced). Under her
production company, Harpo Production, she supported such acclaimed projects as
the TV drama Tuesdays with Morrie (1999, won an Emmy Award and a PGA Golden
Laurel Award) and the Broadway revival “Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color
Purple” (2005, received 11 Tony nominations). During her career, Winfrey was
handed a Golden Apple Female Star of the Year (1987), an Image’s Special Award
(1991), an Emmy’s Bob Hope Humanitarian Award (2002), an International Emmy’s
Founders Award (2005) and many other awards.

In addition to Harpo Production, the savvy businesswoman owns the women’s
magazine “O, The Oprah Magazine” and a new XM Satellite Radio channel called
Oprah & Friends (signed the deal in 2006). She recently also signed an agreement
with Simon & Schuster to pen a book about weight control.

Winfrey is also known as a philanthropist, establishing Angel Network (a
non-profit organization built in 1998) and the Use Your Life Award, in 2000,
which she gives to everyday heroes. She is planning to open a South African
school called the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, near Johannesburg.

On the downside, the first Afro-American woman to make Forbes magazine’s
Billionaire’s list is rumored to have had a dispute with director Steven
Spielberg and is in the constant firing range of gossip and rumors.

In June 2006, Winfrey ended her longtime partnership with author/educator
Stedman Graham. Beginning their relationship in 1986, Winfrey and Stedman once
taught Dynamics of Leadership class at the Northwestern University’s Kellogg
Graduate School of Management, in the fall of 1999.


Abuse Victim

Childhood and Family:

On January 29, 1954, Oprah Gail Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. She
was first named “Orpah,” from the Bible’s Book of Ruth, but it was misspelled on
her birth certificate. Her parents, Vernon Winfrey (barber, businessman,
city-council member) and Vernita Lee, were never married.

After her parents’ separation, Oprah grew up with her grandmother, who gave her
a strict, but supportive, upbringing. From age six to thirteen, she moved to a
Milwaukee ghetto with her mother, during which time she was sexually abused by
her cousin, uncle, and a family friend. The environment soon led to her
experimenting with drug and sex, as well as her attempt to run away from home.
When she was 14, Oprah gave birth to a son, who then died of complications.
Despite her chaotic life, she still did well at school, was able to skip grades
and received a scholarship to an all-white high school.

Eventually, Oprah’s life was reorganized when she moved in with her father in
Nashville, Tennessee. Attending East Nashville High School, she became an honors
student, was named “Most Popular Girl,” joined the school’s speech team, and
earned second place in the Dramatic interpretation competition. After winning an
oratory contest, she accepted a full scholarship to the Tennessee State
University, where she studied Speech and Performing Arts.


The Oprah Winfrey Show

Career:

“I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and
words with the intention to require more from yourself.” Oprah Winfrey

At age 19, Oprah Winfrey won the 1971 Miss Black Tennessee title and the 1971
Miss Fire Prevention crown, which then led to her partaking in the Miss Black
America pageant the same year. After working as a radio reporter in high school,
Winfrey went to local TV channels and became the first black anchor for WVOL, in
1973, and the CBS affiliate WTFV-TV, in 1975.

A year later, she relocated to Baltimore and was employed at the WJZ-TV, where
she appeared as the TV feature reporter, co-anchor and later co-hosted the
morning talk show “People Are Talking” (1978). Several years later, she moved to
Chicago to host WLS-TV’s low-rated, half-hour morning talk show “AM Chicago”
(1984). Immediately, Winfrey levitated the show’s rating from last place to the
first place spot in the local market.

Making significant progress, the half-hour program was expanded to a full-hour
and renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which began airing nationally in 1986.
With her engaging style, Winfrey multiplied the show’s audience and made it the
No.1 American daytime talk show. She then launched the “Oprah’s Book Club”
regular segment for the program. In the course of the show, Winfrey assumed
ownership and production of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” through Harpo Production,
which she formed in 1986. Gaining massive success, she later brought home a
Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host and the program
received a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Talk Show. One of the show’s
episodes, which had Michael Jackson as its guest, also received an Emmy
nomination for Outstanding Informational Special.

Winfrey made her acting debut with the supporting role of Sofia, a bossy and
abused housewife, in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel The
Color Purple (1985). Her fine performance earned an Oscar and a Golden Globe
nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She then played Mrs. Thomas in the drama
Native Son (1986) before producing the TV film The Women of Brewster Place
(1989, also starred as Mattie Michael), which was produced by Harpo Production.
The next year, she reprised her role in the self-produced spin-off series
“Brewster Place” (1990) and took home an Emmy nomination for Outstanding
Miniseries.

The recipient of the 1987 Golden Apple Female Star of the Year and the 1991
Image Special award for Entertainer of the Year, Winfrey portrayed LaJoe Rivers
in the TV drama There Are No Children Here (1993) and guest starred as a
therapist in the sitcom “Ellen” (1997). After playing Miss Zora in the
self-produced drama Before Women Had Wings (1997, TV), she carried out the
female lead role of Sethe in Beloved (1998, also produced) and was nominated for
Black Film’s Best Actress from the Acapulco Black Film Festival.

Winfrey, who previously won an Aftonbladet (Sweden) TV Prize, a Peabody and two
People’s Choice awards, teamed up with colleagues Geraldine Laybourne and Marcy
Carsey to create the Oxygen female cable channel in November 1998. As an
executive producer, she worked on David and Lisa (1998, TV) before scoring
success with Tuesdays with Morrie (1999, TV), which collected an Emmy for Best
TV Movie and a PGA Golden Laurel for Television Producer of the Year.

Next, Winfrey produced the TV drama Amy & Isabelle (2001), “Oprah After the
Show” (began in 2002), Halle Berry’s vehicle Their Eyes Were Watching God (2005,
TV), the Broadway musical adaptation “Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Color Purple”
(2005, received 11 Tony nominations) and the TV documentary Legends Ball (2006).
Still in 2006, Winfrey lent her voice for Gussy the goose in the family movie
Charlotte’s Web, starring Dakota Fanning. She is also set to voice a character
in the forthcoming animated movie Bee Movie (2007).

For her profitable and charitable efforts, Winfrey was handed the 2002 Emmy’s
Bob Hope Humanitarian award, the 2004 People’s Choice Favorite Talk Show Host,
the 2005 International Emmy’s Founders award and the 2005 Image Hall of Fame
award. Currently, she works on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and will extend her show
until the year of 2011. By that time, the show will have aired for 25 years.

Awards:

Image: Hall of Fame, 2005
International Emmy: Founders Award, 2005
People’s Choice: Favorite Talk Show Host, 2004
Emmy: Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, 2002
Emmy: Outstanding Made for Television Movie, Tuesdays With Morrie, 2000
PGA Golden Laurel: Television Producer of the Year Award in Longform,
Tuesdays With Morrie, 2000
Daytime Emmy: Outstanding Talk/Service Show Host, “The Oprah Winfrey
Show,” 1998
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Television Performer, 1998
People’s Choice: Favorite Female Television Performer, 1997
Peabody: Personal Award, 1996
Aftonbladet TV Prize (Sweden): Best Foreign TV Personality – Female,
1994
Image: Special Award - Entertainer of the Year, 1991
Golden Apple: Female Star of the Year, 1987
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8:05am
User called to say they forgot password. Told them to use password
retrieval utility called FDISK. Blissfully ignorant, they thank me and
hang up. God, we let the people vote and drive, too?

8:12am
Accounting called to say they couldn't access expense reports database.
Gave them Standard Sys Admin Answer #112, "Well, it works for me." Let
them rant and rave while I unplugged my coffeemaker from the UPS and plugged
their server back in. Suggested they try it again. One more happy customer...

8:14 am
User from 8:05 call said they received error message "Error accessing
Drive 0." Told them it was an OS problem. Transferred them to microsupport.

11:00 am
Relatively quiet for last few hours. Decide to plug support phone back
in so I can call my girlfriend. Says parents are coming into town this
weekend. Put her on hold and transferred her to janitorial closet down
in basement. What is she thinking? The "Myst" and "Doom" nationals are
this weekend!

11:34 am
Another user calls (do they ever learn?). Says they want ACL changed
on HR performance review database so that nobody but HR can access database.
Tell them no problem. Hang up. Change ACL. Add @MailSend so performance
reviews are sent to */US.

12:00 pm
Lunch

3:30 pm
Return from lunch.

3:55 pm
Wake up from nap. Bad dream makes me cranky. Bounce servers for no
reason. Return to napping.

4:23 pm
Yet another user calls. Wants to know how to change fonts on form.
Ask them what chip set they're using. Tell them to call back when they
find out.

4:55 pm
Decide to run "Create Save/Replication Conflicts" macro so next shift
has something to do.

Tuesday
8:30 am
Finish reading support log from last night. Sounded busy. Terrible
time with Save/Replication conflicts.

9:00 am
Support manager arrives. Wants to discuss my attitude. Click on PhoneNotes
SmartIcon. "Love to, but kinda busy. Put something in the calendar database!"
I yell as I grab for the support lines, which have (mysteriously) lit up.
Walks away grumbling.

9:35 pm
Team leader from R&D needs ID for new employee. Tell them they
need form J-19R=9C9DARRK1. Say they never heard of such a form. Tell
them it's in the SPECIAL FORMS database. Say they never heard of such a
database. Transfer them to janitorial closet in basement.

10:00 am
Perky sounding intern from R&D calls and says she needs new ID.
Tell her I need employee number, department name, manager name, and marital
status. Run @DbLookup against state parole board database, Centers for
Disease Control database, and my Oprah Winfrey database. No hits. Tell
her ID will be ready tonight. Drawing from the lessons learned in last
week's "Reengineering for Customer Partnership," I offer to personally
deliver ID to her apartment.

10:07 am
Janitor stops by to say he keeps getting strange calls in basement.
Offer to train him on Notes. Begin now. Let him watch console while I grab
a smoke.

1:00 pm
Return from smoking break. Janitor says phones kept ringing, so he
transferred them to cafeteria lady. I like this guy.

1:05 pm
Big commotion! Support manager falls in hole left where I pulled floor
tiles outside his office door. Stress to him importance of not running
in computer room, even if I do yell "Omigod -- Fire!"

1:15 pm
Development Standards Committee calls and complains about umlauts in
form names. Apologizing for the inconvenience, I tell them I will fix it.
Hang up and run global search/replace using gaks.

1:20 pm
Mary Hairnet from cafeteria calls. Says she keeps getting calls for
"Notice Loads" or "NoLoad Goats," she's not sure, couldn't here over industrial-grade
blender. Tell her it was probably "Lettuce Nodes." Maybe the food distributor
with a new product? She thinks about it and hangs up.

2:00 pm
Legal secretary calls and says she lost password. Ask her to check
in her purse, floor of car, and on bathroom counter. Tell her it probably
fell out of back of machine. Suggest she put duct tape over all the airvents
she can find on the PC. Grudgingly offer to create new ID for her while
she does that.

2:49 pm
Janitor comes back. Wants more lessons. I take off rest of day.

Wednesday
8:30 am
Irate user calls to say chipset has nothing to do with fonts on form.
Tell them Of course, they should have been checking "Bitset," not "chipset."
Sheepish user apologizes and hangs up.

9:10am
Support manager, with foot in cast, returns to office. Schedules 10:00am
meeting with me. User calls and wants to talk to support manager about
terrible help at support desk. Tell them manager about to go into meeting.
Sometimes life hands you material...

10:00 am
Call Louie in janitorial services to cover for me. Go to support manager's
office. He says he can't dismiss me but can suggest several lateral career
moves. Most involve farm implements in third-world countries with moderate
to heavy political turmoil. By and by, I ask if he's aware of new bug which
takes full-text indexed random e-mail databases and puts all references
to furry handcuffs and Bambi Boomer in Marketing on the corporate Web page.
Meeting is adjourned as he reaches for keyboard, Web browser, and Tums.

10:30 am
Tell Louie he's doing great job. Offer to show him mainframe corporate
PBX system sometime.

11:00 am
Lunch.

4:55 pm
Return from lunch.

5:00 pm
Shift change; Going home.

Thursday
8:00 am
New guy ("Marvin") started today. "Nice plaids" I offer. Show him server
room, wiring closet, and technical library. Set him up with IBM PC-XT.
Tell him to quit whining, Notes runs the same in both monochrome and color.

8:45 am
New guy's PC finishes booting up. Tell him I'll create new ID for him.
Set minimum password length to 64. Go grab smoke.

9:30 am
Introduce Louie the custodian to Marvin. "Nice plaids" Louie comments.
Is this guy great or what?!

11:00 am
Beat Louie in dominos game. Louie leaves. Fish spare dominos out of
sleeves ("Always have backups"). User calls, says Accounting server is
down. Untie Ethernet cable from radio antenna (better reception) and plug
back into hub. Tell user to try again. Another happy customer!

11:55 am
Brief Marvin on Corporate Policy 98.022.01:

"Whereas all new employee beginning on days ending in 'Y' shall enjoy
all proper aspects with said corporation, said employee is obligated to
provide sustenance and relief to senior technical analyst on shift."

Marvin doubts. I point to "Corporate Policy" database (a fine piece
of work, if I say so myself!). "Remember, that's DOUBLE pepperoni and NO
peppers!" I yell to Marvin as he steps over open floor tile to get to exit
door.

1:00 pm
Oooooh! Pizza makes me so sleepy...

4:30 pm
Wake from refreshing nap. Catch Marvin scanning want ads.

5:00 pm
Shift change. Flick HR's server off and on several times (just testing
the On/Off button...). See ya tomorrow.

Friday
8:00 am
Night shift still trying to replace power supply in HR server. Told
them it worked fine before I left.

9:00 am
Marvin still not here. Decide I might start answering these calls myself.
Unforward phones from Mailroom.

9:02 am
Yep. A user call. Users in Des Moines can't replicate. Me and the Oiuji
board determine it's sunspots. Tell them to call Telecommunications.

9:30 am
Good God, another user! They're like ants. Says he's in San Diego and
can't replicate with Des Moines. Tell him it's sunspots, but with a two-hour
difference. Suggest he reset the time on the server back two hours.

10:17 am
Pensacola calls. Says they can't route mail to San Diego. Tell them
to set server ahead three hours.

11:00 am
E-mail from corporate says for everybody to quit resetting the time
on their servers. I change the date stamp and forward it to Milwaukee.

11:20 am
Finish @CoffeeMake macro. Put phone back on hook.

11:23 am
Milwaukee calls, asks what day it is.

11:25 am
Support manager stops by to say Marvin called in to quit. "So hard
to get good help..." I respond. Support manager says he has appointment
with orthopedic doctor this afternoon, and asks if I mind sitting in on
the weekly department head meeting for him. "No problem!"

11:30 am
Call Louie and tell him opportunity knocks and he's invited to a meeting
this afternoon. "Yeah, sure. You can bring your snuff" I tell him.

12:00 am
Lunch.

1:00 pm
Start full backups on UNIX server. Route them to device NULL to make
them fast.

1:03 pm
Full weekly backups done. Man, I love modern technology!

2:30 pm
Look in support manager's contact management database. Cancel 2:45pm
appointment for him. He really should be at home resting, you know.

2:39 pm
New user calls. Says want to learn how to create a connection document.
Tell them to run connection document utility CTRL-ALT-DEL. Says PC rebooted.
Tell them to call microsupport.

2:50 pm
Support manager calls to say mixup at doctor's office means appointment
cancelled. Says he's just going to go on home. Ask him if he's seen corporate
Web page lately.

3:00 pm
Another (novice) user calls. Says periodic macro not working. Suggest
they place @DeleteDocument at end of formula. Promise to send them document
addendum which says so.

4:00 pm
Finish changing foreground color in all documents to white. Also set
point size to "2" in help databases.

4:30 pm
User calls to say they can't see anything in documents. Tell them to
go to view, do a "Edit -- Select All", hit delete key, and then refresh.
Promise to send them document addendum which says so.

4:45 pm
Another user calls. Says they can't read help documents. Tell them
I'll fix it. Hang up. Change font to Wingdings.

4:58 pm
Plug coffee maker into Ethernet hub to see what happens. Not (too)
much.

5:00 pm
Night shift shows up. Tell that the hub is acting funny and to have
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