Oprah Winfrey's Impact On Society

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Imagine going from as little as nothing to a worldwide sensation. Oprah Winfrey has had this experience throughout her life, and has brought her to be the person she is today. Winfrey is a academy award-nominated actress, film producer, philanthropist, founder of successful the magazine O, and owns her own television and film studio and production company(Oprah Winfrey). Oprah Winfrey has impacted many people through television, movies, publications, and her philanthropic efforts despite her own challenges and struggles.
Not every celebrity is born a star. Oprah Winfrey, born January 29th, 1954, was one of these people. She was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi “(Monkeyshines)” to an unwed mother. The first six years of Winfrey’s life was spent with her grandmother. Winfrey had a good life living with her grandmother on a family farm, here she was taught to read and write at a young age. By the age of three she could recite poems and read and recite verses out of the bible( Oprah).Since she was such an intelligent child, she was eligible to skip kindergarten and go straight to the first grade(Monkeyshines). She had a very complex mind and was cherished by her church community and her grandmother.
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At the age of six she was sent from her grandmother’s to live with her mother in Milwaukee(Oprah). Life was more rough living with her mother because of other changes such as no indoor plumbing (Oprah Winfrey). Winfrey started to encounter some extreme challenges at this young age. She was sexually molested by male relatives and close friends of her mother’s. This horrific abuse lasted from about the age of nine until thirteen. Being traumatized by this, Winfrey attempted to escape, but was arrested for trying to run

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