Her style, personality, and ability to talk to people about real issues sent the little last-place show into first place in less than 12 months.Soon after, Oprah's mother shipped Oprah off to her father in Nashville.
She was quickly tapped to co-host the local show People Are Talking.
This was her first step to much, much, much larger things.
on January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Miss., to Vernita Lee, a housekeeper, and Vernon Winfrey, a soldier.
She was actually born Orpah Gail Winfrey, but mispronunciations and misspellings eventually won out and Orpah became Oprah.
She soon moved on to television, becoming the youngest news anchor and first African-American anchor at Nashville's WTVF.
The Early Years: Oprah's first stint as a talk show host came after a move to Baltimore, Md., where she joined the news team at WJZ.