She began going to Lincoln High School; but after early success in the Upward Bound program, was transferred to the affluent suburban Nicolet High School, where she says her poverty was constantly rubbed in her face as she rode the bus to school with fellow African-Americans, some of whom were servants of her classmates' families.
She began to steal money from her mother in an effort to keep up with her free-spending peers, to lie to and argue with her mother, and to go out with older boys.
Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses.
When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother would hit her with a stick when she did not do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.
The loves and relationships of Oprah Winfrey, listed by most recent.
While it's maybe a little scandalous that gal pal Gayle King isn't on the list, more shocking still would be if she were added to the list amidst the discovery of an Oprah starring celeb sex tape.
She moved to Baltimore's WJZ-TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six o'clock news.
In 1977, she was removed as co-anchor and worked lower profile positions at the station.
She was able to introduce her viewers to new books, new fashions, and new fads.
She was so influential that several political candidates used her show to announce their intention to run for president.
Oprah Winfrey is a highly respected businesswoman and television host, who became one of the most successful syndicated talk show hosts in history.
At the height of her television fame, she also became one of the world's wealthiest people, as well as a major force in popular culture.
Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.