What Is a Timeline of Important Milestones From Oprah Winfrey's Life?

Oprah Winfrey’s birth on Jan. 29, 1954, crowning as Miss Black Tennessee and Miss Fire Prevention in 1971, graduation from Tennessee State University in 1973, nomination for Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1986 and the launch of her show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986 are some important milestones from Oprah Winfrey’s life. A complete timeline of important milestones from Oprah Winfrey’s life is available on DatesAndEvents.org and NYTimes.com.

Born Oprah Gail Winfrey, Oprah is a talk show host, actress, media proprietor, philanthropist and producer. She found worldwide fame through her talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” which aired all over the United States and in many parts of the world for 25 years from 1986 to 2011. As of 2015, it is the highest-rated talk show program in American television history. She is involved in many philanthropic activities and is recognized as the greatest black philanthropist in American history. As of 2015, she is the only black billionaire in North America and is ranked at the top of the list of the 20th century’s richest African-Americans.

Oprah Winfrey has acted in numerous films and television series, including “The Color Purple,” Native Son,” “The Women of Brewster Place,” “Brewster Place” and “The Butler.” She received an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress for her role of Sofia in the 1986 film “The Color Purple.” President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.