Oprah Winfrey is a celebrity who doesn’t live in a fairy tale world. Born to an unmarried teenage mother, Oprah Winfrey spent most of her childhood battling poverty and coping with her mother’s frustrated life. Oprah has also revealed that her childhood was traumatized when she was sexually abused by her own cousins.
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Later, another traumatic event marred her life when a pregnant 14-year-old Oprah delivered a baby boy, and the child ultimately died within two short weeks of his birth. Oprah’s life would certainly have taken a different path had it not been for her amazing oratory skills which helped her career take a new direction. Always a woman of great tenacity, Oprah used the positive lessons she’d learned from her negative life experiences. In fact, Oprah’s tragic moments have helped her become one of the world’s greatest television icons.
Oprah bravely brought her life experiences onto the set of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the famous talk-show that was telecast from 1986 to 2011. Throughout the show’s historic run that lasted 25 years, Oprah discussed various issues that affected women, society, and the world as a whole. In fact, when the AIDS pandemic was at its height, News Australia reports that Oprah became a key celebrity in the fight against the AIDS stigma when she insisted on talking about the issue of AIDS on her show.
Even while discussing marriage and relationships, Oprah has always urged couples to act practically in romance and marriage. To help her viewers with their often traumatic relationships, Oprah collaborated with reputed clinical psychologists such as Harriet Lerner, who was a frequent guest on her show, who offered practical solutions for working through relationship issues.
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Even though she’s considered an extremely influential woman, Oprah has never expressed a desire to be married and has therefore not tied the knot with Stedman Graham, the American educator who’s also her longtime beau. Oprah believes that marrying one’s lover does not guarantee success in marriage. To prove her point, Oprah cited the recent divorce between Angeline Jolie and Brad Pitt. According to People magazine, Oprah revealed that the concept of a “perfect” couple is nothing but a myth.
“I have done the Oprah show, so I know there is no such thing [as a perfect couple]. They can look really good, but I know that behind closed doors, everybody has their stuff.”
Even though she was upset by the breakup between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Oprah was more saddened by the fact that the couple’s private affairs were presented for public scrutiny. In fact, Oprah feels that Brangelina’s quarrel became public enjoyment, particularly for the media who treated the whole affair like a circus.
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Oprah’s comments on the celebrated couple’s divorce come at a time when the “talk-show queen” is finding herself publicly criticized by Jennifer Weiner, a writer who is upset with Oprah’s unwillingness to promote her book. Usually, Oprah selects a book and recommends it to her audiences on Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, an online book discussion series that first started as a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
The popular book club gives Oprah an opportunity to promote the books that she enjoys reading. Oprah’s recent recommendation of Glennon Doyle Melton’s Love Warrior irked Jennifer Weiner who considers that Love Warrior was based on the lines of her own Hungry Heart. According to News Australia, Jennifer Weiner posted a social media comment to express her disapproval of Oprah’s choice.
“I find out that Oprah’s chosen a memoir about marriage and motherhood as her new book pick. It’s brave, and it goes to the dark places every woman’s been!… And then — ha! — it’s someone else’s book.”
Even though Jennifer deleted her post, the famous writer revealed that she is proud that she earned recognition on her own merit, and not by winning Oprah’s favors.
Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is… – Oprah Winfrey pic.twitter.com/5oyWXOw0l7
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