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Oprah Winfrey: The Real Story Paperback – 8 May 2001

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment; Revised edition edition (8 May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007115032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007115037
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,762,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Oprah Winfrey is America’s wealthiest and most famous black woman, but her present-day success is at odds with her humble beginnings.

Born illegitimate and virtually abandoned as a child, Oprah grew up in a tiny ghetto apartment, where, having een sexually abused, she embarked on wild and promiscuous teenage years. Yet, burning with ambition and determination, she landed her first job with a radio station while she was still in high school, won several beauty contests and, by the age of nineteen, was hired by a television station.

This book details Oprah’s contemplation of suicide, her teenage miscarriages, the trauma of her public battle with dieting and the anguish of her indecision over marriage, as well as the success of her talk show and its social implications.

Now fully updated to include Oprah’s ups and downs over the past five years – including the huge success of her bookclub, which can create a bestseller in one show, and her foray into cyberspace with the founding of the women’s website Oxygen.

Prize-winning journalist George Mair has interviewed Oprah’s friends, family, colleauges and critics to present this extraordinary account of her struggles and success.

About the Author

George Mair has been a journalist for over 35 years with CBS, Los Angeles Times Syndicate, and Time Inc.’s Home Box Office. He has written thousands of broadcast scripts, newspaper articles, and syndicated columns; this is his twelfth published book. His other books include Inside HBO, The Jade Cat Murders, Lethal Ladies, and Bridge Down. He lives in California.

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By A Customer on 10 July 2003
Being a huge Oprah Winfrey fan I was more than a little dissapointed to read this book. Mair explores Oprah's life from her early days to the present but despite providing the basic facts of her life and climb to fame, the book gets bogged down with tv facts and jargon. There isn't enough about the remarkable woman who rose from a difficult childhood to the wealthiest black woman in America.
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