Profession: Talk show host
Why Famous: Winfrey began her media career in radio before becoming a news anchor and launching her show 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' in 1986. It ran until 2011 and is credited with popularizing the talk show format and introducing a new confessional style.
The show has been hugely influential in publicly tackling such issues as sexuality, abuse and racism.
Winfrey has been called the most influential woman in the world, and is North America's first multi-billionaire black person.
Her acting in the film 'The Colour Purple' earned her an Academy Award nomination.
- 1986-09-08 "The Oprah Winfrey Show" is first broadcast nationally
- 1997-01-12 23rd People's Choice Awards: Mel Gibson & Sandra Bullock win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)
- 1997-09-15 Oprah Winfrey announces she will continue her show through 2000
- 1998-01-11 24th People's Choice Awards: Harrison Ford & Julia Roberts win (Dramatic Motion Picture) and Tim Allen & Oprah Winfrey win (TV)
- 1998-02-26 Oprah Winfrey found not guilty in beef defamation trial brought by Texas cattlemen
- 2011-05-25 Oprah Winfrey airs her last show, ending her twenty five year run of The Oprah Winfrey Show.