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"The Oprah Winfrey Show". Her show is known
to not only all over the United States, but also known to all around the
world. Today she is known as the America's most famous and powerful woman.
Every woman in America envies her great fortune and her intelligence. But
Oprah insists that she is not special or gifted. She had overcome many
hurdles and reached to the top of America's national T.V host. What makes
her so popular and most loved entertainer in the United States?
Oprah Winfrey, a talk show host, actress,
producer and philanthropist, and business woman is the chairwoman of HARPO
entertainment in Chicago. She joins the elite company of Lucille Ball and
Mary Pickford, as the only woman in T.V and film to own their own production
studios. Through HARPO productions, she produces and hosts America's number
one popular show, "The Oprah Winfrey show". (Oprah Winfrey talk show bio
1997 p.1) Today many woman in America envies her life; her popularity,
intelligence and her great fortunes. Though her success was gained from
her hard work and education. She did not have any special background to
be a most loved woman in America. She has overcame number of obstacles
that most people have encountered in their own lives. She had to deal with
poverty, sexual abuse, racism as a child, and her lifelong battle with
Oprah Gail Winfrey was born in Kosciusko,
Mississippi on January 29, 1954. As a child, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
then moved back to Nashville. She has lived through poverty, repeated sexual
abuse, and a sentence to a juvenile delinquent home. (Hyde 1997 p.57) Oprah
was crowned Miss. Black Tennessee at age 19. In 1973. She left Tennessee
State University and became a newscaster for WTVF in Nashville. Three years
later, Oprah became a news anchor in Baltimore at an ABC station but after
9 months, she was pulled off the air because of an emotional ad-lib delivery.
She eventually ended up in Chicago hosting a morning show called "AM Chicago".
In less than a year, the show became number one and was expanded to one
hour and re-named "The Oprah Winfrey Show". (http://pilot.msu.edu/user/bresnah2/oprahbio.htm
1997 p.1) From there, she has been an actress in the "Color Purple", "The
women of Breuster place" and "There are no children here".(Oprah Winfrey)
Today, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is the
highest rated talk show in T.V history, and seen by 15 to 20 million viewers
a day in the United States and is in 132 countries. Since entering syndication
in 1986, "The Oprah Winfrey Show" has remained the number one talk show
for 10 consecutive seasons, receiving 25 Emmys. At the end of 1996, Oprah
was honored with the most prestigious award in broadcasting, the George
Foster Peaboy's Individual Achievement Award. She also received the IRTS
Gold Medal Award, and was recognized by Time magazine as one of "America's
25 most influential people of 1996".(Oprah Winfrey talk show bio 1997 p1)
According to US news & World Report,
Oprah has an ability called "Oprah effect". It is her ability to make a
connection with ordinary women and through that connection, she makes herself
one of the most popular women (Dickerson 1997 p.10) In spite of her wealth,
she has a public's taste. She knows what ordinary women want, whatare their
troubles and what they are crazy about. Stuart Fishoff, professor of media
psychology at UCLA says, "viewers want to be around someone like themselves.
They want a nonthreatning person they can identify with. And Oprah has
a lot of same problems that many of these women has and can relate to.
Viewers have no trouble envisioning her sitting home at the kitchen table
in sweats and no makeup, drinking caffeine and chomping a Danish".(Stanley
1997 p.34) This feeling of closeness is Oprah's strongest point that makes
her a billionaire. And to get more close with publics, Oprah picks up a
book every six weeks and asks audience to talk about the title.
What makes her popular are not only her
talent as an entertainer but also her talent as a good announcer. She has
all requirements that are necessary for a good announcer. First, she always
research and prepare about the topic of the day before the show. This preparation
and research makes her able to answer any kind of controversial issues.
And she is always able to support both sides of the issue and never makes
the audience unsatisfied or misleaded. Second, she has a high self esteem.
She always has confidence and are full of energy. Loosing many weights
gave her more confidence and higher
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