Media Leader, Producer, Actress and Philanthropist
Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired figures today.
For 25 years, Winfrey was host and producer of the award-winning talk show “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” In her role as Chairman and CEO of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, she’s guiding her cable network to success. Winfrey is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films. In 2017, Winfrey debuted her first segment as a CBS 60 Minutes Special Correspondent.
Winfrey is an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in “The Color Purple,” earned critical acclaim in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and produced and acted in the Academy Award-winning film “Selma.” Winfrey starred in the Emmy nominated HBO Films “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and most recently portrayed “Mrs. Which” in Disney’s “Wrinkle in Time” film adaptation from director Ava DuVernay in March 2018.
In 2015, Winfrey joined the Weight Watchers board of directors. In 2017, Winfrey launched a new refrigerated food line “O, That’s Good” featuring soups and sides that bring a nutritious twist on comfort food classics using real ingredients and no artificial flavors or dyes in collaboration with Kraft Heinz. Ten percent of the profits are equally split between charitable organizations Rise Against Hunger and Feeding America to support the fight against hunger.
In 2017, her cookbook Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life and Wisdom of Sundays both debuted as #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List under her personal book imprint “An Oprah Book.”
During a December 2002 visit with Nelson Mandela, she pledged to build a school in South Africa and has contributed more than $140 million towards providing education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.
Winfrey is a founding donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. In June of 2018, the museum opened “Watching Oprah: The Oprah Winfrey Show and American Culture,” an exhibit exploring Winfrey’s life and her talk show’s impact featuring artifacts from the set, costumes from her movies and interactive interviews.
In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.