How tall is Oprah Winfrey?

Oprah Winfrey’s success is a manifestation of the American dream. A childhood of tragedy and abuse dashed the hopes of many young children who find themselves stuck in similar situations, but she found the resolve to stay ambitious and became a legend in the process. She is a media innovator, one of the first black billionaires, a broken glass ceiling incarnate.

Even as her production schedule slows after decades of culturally significant work, Winfrey is still finding ways to create from a more off-screen role.

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She’s come a long way from her tough upbringing

Standing at 5’6″, Oprah isn’t the most physically imposing woman you’ll ever see. But you have the mental toughness of a giant to overcome the nightmarish struggles thrust upon him from an early age.

Her mother, Vernita Lee, was a single teenager when she gave birth to Oprah on January 29, 1954. Lee left her child with her mother who lived on a farm in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Oprah was sent to move with Lee to Milwaukee when she was six years old, spending several days in their downtown apartment with Lee’s other children while their mother worked as a housekeeper.

From age 9 to 13, Oprah was sexually abused by multiple parents and a family friend, according to USA Today. Sick from the abuse, she tried to run away, only to end up in a juvenile detention center that didn’t even have enough room for her. Oprah gave birth to a baby boy at age 14 and began stealing money from Lee to impress her classmates. She was then sent to Nashville, Tennessee to live with her father, Vernon Winfrey, in search of a fresh start.

Her father’s strict discipline was just what she needed. The structured environment brought out the best in Oprah. Attending East Nashville High School, she became an honor student, joined the high school speech team, and won awards for oratorical and dramatic recitation.

Oprah wasted no time in making her way into the world of broadcasting. She started working at WVOL, a local radio station in Tennessee, at age 17 while taking classes at Tennessee State University. She eventually left school to work full-time at Nashville’s WLAC-TV as the youngest and first black news anchor.

Winfrey moved to Baltimore and Chicago, working in similar roles while rapidly raising her profile. Her popularity reached such a level that she had the chance to create The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986, triggering a cultural phenomenon that lasted more than 20 years. Some of Winfrey’s questions drew backlash from critics, but the litany of celebrities and guests from all walks of life she spoke to generated a giant audience.

Oprah ended in 2011, but the fallout from Winfrey’s tell-all interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry showed she still has the ability to steal the show whenever she wants.

Oprah has also periodically acted alongside her duties as a talk show host. Her first role was that of Sofia in The Color Purple, which earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She has also been acclaimed in projects like Native son, the butler, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

What is Oprah doing now?

Once you hit a net worth of $3 billion, it’s probably prudent to slow down your work schedule. Oprah hasn’t been on TV regularly since a short-lived stint as a special contributor to 60 minutes completed in 2018. The last printed issue of O Magazine was released in December 2020. Oprah has an overall content deal with Apple, but she’s not trying to be as prominent as she was in her prime.

Her main passion at the moment seems to be losing weight. Working to stay in shape has been a long-standing topic for Oprah – she is a spokesperson and shareholder of Weight Watchers, having previously lost 40 pounds on one of their plans – but the start of 2022 has seen her renew her intention to lose a few pounds.

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