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An e-mail from Pat Hines in Georgia leads Oprah to meet…Oprah Winfrey! "I once heard you say on the air you didn't know another person named Oprah Winfrey," Pat writes. "Well, there is a 12-year-old girl whose name is Oprah Winfrey. I thought you'd find it interesting that you have a namesake."

Oprah's meeting with the 12-year-old from Georgia is the very first time she has ever come face-to-face with another Oprah Winfrey!

Little Oprah's mom, Linda Winfrey, says she and her husband intentionally chose to name their daughter after Oprah. "When my husband found out we were having a girl, he went, 'We've got to name her Oprah, after somebody that's positive, [who] will be a great role model,'" Linda says. "I'm like, 'That's it! Oprah Winfrey.'"

While the original Oprah says she didn't like her name when she was younger, 12-year-old Oprah loves it! "You're a great role model and I want to be like you, so I like my name a lot," she says.
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FROM: Letters to Oprah 2007
Published on March 26, 2007

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