Here is a look at the life of Oprah Winfrey, host of the award-winning "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Personal: Birth date: January 29, 1954
Birth place: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Birth name: Oprah Gail Winfrey
Father: Vernon Winfrey, a barber
Mother: Vernita Lee, a maid (parents never married)
Education: Tennessee State University, B.A., Speech and Performing Arts, 1976
Other Facts: At age 19, while still a sophomore in college, becomes the youngest and first African-American anchor for WTVF-TV in Nashville.
Stedman Graham has been her companion for many years.
Three Emmy Award nominations with one win.
17 Daytime Emmy Awards wins.
Since removing her name from competition in the Daytime Emmy Awards in 1999, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has won Emmy awards in the technical categories only.
One Academy Award nomination with zero wins. Won one honorary award.
One Tony Award nomination with zero wins.
Timeline: 1976 - Becomes a news co-anchor at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland.
January 1984 - Becomes the anchor of "A.M. Chicago," which airs opposite Phil Donahue.
September 1985 - The show is renamed "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
1985-2011 - Host of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," the highest rated talk show in history.
1985 - Makes her film debut in "The Color Purple," for which she was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar.
November 8, 1986 - "The Oprah Winfrey Show" goes into national syndication.
1987, 1988, 1989, 1996, 1997 - Wins Emmy Award each of these years, Best Talk Show for "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
1988 - Forms her own production company, Harpo Inc. Harpo is Oprah spelled backwards.
1991, 1992, 1994, 1995 - Wins two Daytime Emmy Awards each of these years, Best Talk Show and Best Talk Show Host for "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
December 20, 1993 - President Clinton honors Oprah by signing into law the "Oprah Bill." This bill creates a national database that allows people to search for child abusers.
1993 - Wins two Daytime Emmy Awards, Best Talk Show Host for "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and Outstanding Children's Special, "ABC Afterschool Specials, Shades of a Single Protein."