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Oprah Winfrey was born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. At the age of 19, Winfrey landed her first broadcasting job as a reporter for radio station WVOL in Nashville. She enrolled in Tennessee State University to study speech and performing arts in 1970, and in 1971, she was named Nashville's show more Miss Fire Prevention, followed by being named Miss Black Tennessee in 1972. In her sophomore year at Tennessee State University, Winfrey switched to media and became the first African-American anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV. In 1977 she moved to Baltimore to co-anchor the six o'clock news. Once there she was recruited to co-host Baltimore's WJZ-TV's local talk show, People Are Talking. In 1984 she relocated again, this time to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago. AM Chicago becomes the number one talk show a mere month later. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. Winfrey had her feature film debut as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, in 1985. She received nominations for a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role. The Oprah Winfrey Show entered syndication 1986 and remained the number one talk show for fourteen consecutive seasons, receiving 34 Emmys throughout it's run, and Oprah is given the honor of hosting the 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1987. In 1988 Harpo Productions, Inc., Winfrey's production company is born, and in 1989, Winfrey produced and starred as "Mattie Michael" in the miniseries,The Women of Brewster Place, which recounts the lives of the female denizens of an inner-city brownstone. Again in 1990, she hosted the 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Winfrey executive produced and performed in the TV Series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, further promoting Harpo Productions. In 1991, she initiated the National Child Protection Act, testifying in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. In 1996 she received the George Foster Peabody Individual Achivement Award and the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal Award for all of her work in these mediums. She began Oprah's Book Club, an on-air reading club, of which all of the Book Club selections have become instant bestsellers. In 1997, she was named Newsweek's most important person in books and media, and a year later named TV Guide's Television Performer of the Year, as well as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. She went on to receive the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 as well. That same year, she announced that she would join producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (Cosby, Roseanne) and Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon) to launch Oxygen Media, Inc., a cable channel and interactive network for women. She also joined Stedman Graham in teaching at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In 2000 she was presented with the National Book Foundation's 50th anniversary gold medal for all that Oprah's Book Club has done for books and authors. In 2014 Oprah released What I Know for Sure, a collection of essays that she had written for her monthly column of the same name in O, The Oprah Magazine. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

Includes the names: Oprah, Winfrey Oprah, Oprah Whinfrey

Works by Oprah Winfrey

What I Know For Sure (2014) 465 copies
Journey to Beloved (1998) 107 copies
Life [Blu-ray] 4 copies
Oprah Winfrey Speaks (1998) 4 copies
Artik Biliyorum (2000) 2 copies

Associated Works

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) — Foreword, some editions — 14,334 copies
The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country (2021) — Foreword — 1,011 copies
In the Kitchen with Rosie: Oprah's Favorite Recipes (1975) — Introduction, some editions — 792 copies
The Princess and the Frog [2009 animated film] (2009) — Voice — 560 copies
Charlotte's Web [2006 film] (2006) 397 copies
The Color Purple [1985 film] (1985) — Actor — 296 copies
Selma [2014 film] (2014) — Actor / Producer — 159 copies
Life (2009) — Narrator — 128 copies
The Hundred-Foot Journey [2014 film] (2014) — Producer — 124 copies
O, The Oprah Magazine Cookbook (2008) — Introduction — 109 copies
The Star [2017 film] (2014) — Actor — 93 copies
Beloved [1998 film] (1998) — Actor — 47 copies
African American Lives [2006 TV episode] (2004) — Narrator — 29 copies
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks [2017 film] (2017) — Actor / Producer — 23 copies
The Women of Brewster Place (Uncut Edition) (2011) — Actor — 9 copies
White Oleander [abridged] (1999) — Narrator, some editions — 8 copies
Adele One Night Only [2021 TV Special] (2021) — Self — 1 copy


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There were quite a few recipes in the book that I would love to try. My mom and I used to make Rosie's unfried chicken (now it's Art's she loves). We went to Lyfe restaurant quite a few times and had Art's unfried chicken and it was delicious.
I'm excited to try the early garlic soup since I have about 40 heads of garlic growing in my garden this year.
I also love how much she loves truffles! I adore truffle oil and need to invest in a good truffle salt. While pricey you use little and it really pumps up your food.… (more)
ankhamun | 3 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
This is a book which I didn’t expect to get much from. But, surprisingly, I did. This book is a selection of her “essays” from her O magazine which she publishes. It’s very short, only 228 pages. The title comes from a movie critic who asked her this question which at the time she was unprepared to fully answer. These chapters are her focused answer to that earlier question. I found this book informative because it gives you the methodology for why she sees things the way she does. It’s also a clear roadmap for how people in Hollywood see things. People in Hollywood all use the same vocabulary and this fixed terminology is meant to cut down on discursive thinking. For this reason, What I Know For Sure is even more informative than for just what Oprah says. It gives you an insight into how Hollywood people become trapped into certain ways of thinking and become herd bound to a culture which admits no variation. These very short chapters (a plus) are organized into 8 subjects: Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity, and Power. Oprah is not going to overpower you with vocabulary. Not because she’s not bright, but because she wants to reach the broadest audience possible. She kept my attention even though I don’t care about some of the people she interacts with. She started off working news in Baltimore and then moved to Chicago. From news she switched to her talk show. Things which I found noteworthy: She had a priest come bless her recording studio when strange things began to happen. I assume it was a Catholic priest. Her favorite books: The Four Agreements (Miguel Ruiz), The Seat of the Soul (Zukav), A New Earth (Tolle), Book of Awakening (Nepo), among others. These authors all strive for spiritual evolution and expanding consciousness with little to guide that journey except trial and error. This is an age-old predicament. Do we trust ourselves to reach self-knowledge and enlightenment or should we trust others to help us on the way forward? Oprah seems to say trial and error is the way to trust going forward because trusting a religion or any religion is rigid and stifles growth. Religion is essentially non-spiritually expansive. This is the Tinseltown doctrine of truth, sadly. Needless to say, the actual higher power which Oprah admires from here below is a construction of God who is not Christian at all. It is a theology of Averroes who was a medieval theologian and philosopher. God is removed from the whole world and the people on it, but God can use the people on it to gain in consciousness what God himself lacks. It's a strange vision of reality but one which Oprah’s favorite authors seem eager to embrace. Oprah says, “Our main job in life is to align with the energy that is the source of all energies, and to keep our frequency tuned to the energy of love. This I know for sure.” Oprah knows parts of scripture and quotes Jesus, “Ask, and it shall be given…seek and ye shall find”. But when she talks about God it is as the Creator God, the bringer of peace of heart. She also quotes Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” which she interprets as everything having a silver lining. She claims her favorite bible verse is Psalm 37: 4, “Delight thyself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Oprah claims she grew up Baptist but never really says if she still considers herself one. She seems to avoid the issue of religious participation on principle. Oprah’s greatest blind spot is her lack of self-criticism. It’s one thing to be harsh in self-judgement but another of being unaware of how we see ourselves in light of the Christian story of salvation which she sees apparently as a closed story. Oprah says she was the product of an illicit encounter, struggled life-long to be accepted, was abused as a youth by a relative, lost a child when she was age 14. I think many female readers would see this book as worthwhile, if read as a memoir, which technically it isn’t. Oprah owns large acreages of Hawaiian and California property.… (more)
sacredheart25 | 15 other reviews | Sep 16, 2023 |
An easy read with some insightful moments. I do love the way Oprah presents things but there was a lot of repetition in this - as you would expect from an anthology piece - but there are amazing pieces of advice to take away from it... and that is the real point of it.

Before you say yes to anyone, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? It should come from the purest part of you, not from your head. If you have to ask for advice, give yourself time to let a yes or no resound within you. When it’s right, your whole body feels it.
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rosienotrose | 15 other reviews | Jul 11, 2023 |



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