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Oprah Winfrey's Official Biography

Through the power of media, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As host and supervising producer of the top-rated, award-winning The Oprah Winfrey Show, she entertained, enlightened and uplifted millions of viewers for 25 years. Her accomplishments as a global media leader and philanthropist have established her as one of the most respected and admired public figures today.

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      Oprah's Hair Through the Years
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      Oprah at 2 years old
      1956
      At 2 years old, Oprah says she's not the only one who had this hairstyle. "Every black woman of a certain age will notice this. Notice the bangs aren't really cut?" she says. "They're rolled and tucked because in our generation, my grandmother would say, 'Your hair is your crowning glory.' You were never allowed to cut your hair. So I wanted the bangs like the little white girls had. But you couldn't have the bangs, so they would roll up your hair and then pin it so you could have a pretend bang. So that's a pretend, fake bang. That's why I look so sad."
      FROM: Girl Talk About "Good" Hair with Chris Rock
      Published on September 30, 2009

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        Help Us Find Past Guests and Audience Members
        With the final season of The Oprah Winfrey Show quickly approaching, we are looking for some of our most memorable guests and audience members. Please take a look at these pictures, and contact us if you recognize anyone. In your response, please include the guest number.
        Guest number: 101 
        March 4, 1987



        Guest number: 102 
        October 3, 1986



        Guest number: 103 
        November 6, 1986



        Guest number: 104 
        November 11, 1986

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          Complete List of Oprah's Book Club Books
          Oprah launched Oprah's Book Club from The Oprah Winfrey Show on September 17, 1996. To date, Oprah has chosen 65 selections for her book club. Get the most out of your reading with exclusive Q&A with the authors, character guides, reading questions, quizzes, video and more!
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          2010
          A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

          2010
          Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

          2009
          Say You're One of Them by Uwem Akpan

          2008
          The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
          A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle

          2007
          The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
          Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
          Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
          The Road by Cormac McCarthy
          The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier

          2006
          Night by Elie Wiesel

          2005
          A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
          Light in August by William Faulkner
          The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
          As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

          2004
          The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
          Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
          The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
          One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

          2003
          Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton
          East of Eden by John Steinbeck

          Oprah's Book Club selections 2000–2002

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            Oprah's Book Club Welcomes David Wroblewski to a Live Webcast on Oprah.com
            Book Clubs Around the World Invited to Submit Questions About The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2009

            CHICAGO — Oprah Winfrey and first-time author David Wroblewski, whose best-selling book The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is her 62nd Oprah's Book Club selection, will participate in a live, one-night-only interactive Q&A webcast with readers from around the world on Monday, January 26, at 9 p.m./8c exclusively on Oprah.com. The webcast will be a 90-minute event for which book club members can submit their questions for the author and potentially be featured during the live session. This is the second selection that Oprah has discussed with book club members on the Web.

            Set on a northern Wisconsin farm in the 1970s, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle is an epic tale about a boy named Edgar and the special bond he shares with his dog Almondine. From the characters’ entangled relationships to readers’ own amazing dog stories, anything and everything is open for discussion in this online book club meeting about Oprah’s current pick. As the biggest book club in the world, Oprah's Book Club has nearly 2 million online members. Enrollment is free and provides members with access to benefits such as online discussion groups and reading questions. Join Oprah’s Book Club or register for the webcast.

            The upcoming webcast for The Story of Edgar Sawtelle on Oprah.com is sponsored in part by Post-It Products and Scotch Fur Fighter.

            Oprah's Book Club also works with the American Library Association (ALA) to distribute thousands of free book club selections donated by each publisher to school, public and community college libraries nationwide. The Chicago-based ALA is the oldest and largest library association in the world with more than 64,000 members.

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