Oprah Winfrey - Miss Black Tennessee 1971

Oprah Winfrey Miss Black Tennessee 1971

Pageant Winners > Miss Black Tennessee, Miss Fire Prevention- Oprah Winfrey 

Oprah Winfrey - Miss Fire Prevention 1971Before becoming an Emmy Award-winning television talk show host, Oprah Winfrey won the 1971 Miss Fire Prevention and Miss Black Tennessee titles. When asked what she would do with a million dollars, Winfrey delighted the judges when she blurted out, "I'd be a spending fool!" She competed in the Miss Black America Pageant, but failed to make the finals. Oprah began her career in broadcasting at Nashville's radio-WVOL while she was in high school.

At age, she became the youngest person and the first African-American woman to anchor the news at Nashville's WTVF-TV. In 1985, the A.M. Chicago Show which she hosted, was re-named The Oprah Winfrey Show - which became the highest rated talk show in television history. That year, she made her acting debut  as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple.  She was nominated for both Academy Award® and Golden Globe honors.

Oprah Winfrey - Miss Fire Prevention 1971In 1988, she started Harpo Studios, her production company, based in in Chicago, which now produces The Oprah Winfrey Show.

In 2000, Oprah and Hearst Magazines launched O, The Oprah Magazine, a monthly women's lifestyle magazine.

In 2006, she fulfilled her dream of  founding an elite private educational program for impoverished African girls when she founded The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy.

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