Oprah Winfrey

Biography: In addition to being the host of a multiple Emmy-winning talk show, media mogul Winfrey has earned accolades for, among other things, her work as an actress, a magazine publisher, a producer and a philanthropist. Although she was born into poverty and abused as a child, Winfrey didn't allow her dire circumstances to defeat her. At 18, she won the Miss Black Tennessee pageant and a year later became the first black woman to anchor the evening news in Nashville. Winfrey further honed her broadcast skills in Baltimore before moving to Chicago to host a daily talk show in 1984. She was so popular that the series (A.M. Chicago) was renamed in her honor and became a national hit in syndication in 1986. Oprah quickly became a household name, a wildly successful yet still accessible woman who struggled with her weight and talked about surviving sexual molestation. But hosting a talk show wasn't all Winfrey had in mind. Although untrained as an actress, she was nominated for an OscarIn addition to being the host of a multiple Emmy-winning talk show, media mogul Winfrey has earned accolades for, among other things, her work as an actress, a magazine publisher, a producer and a philanthropist. Although she was born into poverty and abused as a child, Winfrey didn't allow her dire circumstances to defeat her. At 18, she won the Miss Black Tennessee pageant and a year later became the first black woman to anchor the evening news in Nashville. Winfrey further honed her broadcast skills in Baltimore before moving to Chicago to host a daily talk show in 1984. She was so popular that the series (A.M. Chicago) was renamed in her honor and became a national hit in syndication in 1986. Oprah quickly became a household name, a wildly successful yet still accessible woman who struggled with her weight and talked about surviving sexual molestation. But hosting a talk show wasn't all Winfrey had in mind. Although untrained as an actress, she was nominated for an Oscar for her powerful performance as a slave in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple. (Two decades later Winfrey produced a musical version on Broadway.) She created Harpo productions to house her show and to produce socially relevant films. She also launched a monthly book segment on her show and her selections immediately became best sellers. She extended the Oprah brand in publishing by creating her own magazine (O) and in broadcasting by launching syndicated series with Dr. Phil McGraw and chef Rachael Ray. Winfrey's legacy grew even larger when she founded and funded a South African leadership school for impoverished girls she fondly referred to as her daughters. In 2011, Winfrey will wrap up her syndicated show and launch OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, described as a cable network "devoted to self-discovery." Expand

Oprah Winfrey's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 64
Highest Metascore: 82 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Lowest Metascore: 42 The Star
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
20 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
55 Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable Jul 12, 2019 Herself tbd
82 Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am Jun 21, 2019 Herself 6.8
60 Quincy Sep 21, 2018 Herself 7.8
53 A Wrinkle in Time Mar 9, 2018 Mrs. Which / Mrs. Which 2.8
42 The Star Nov 17, 2017 Cast / Deborah / Deborah The Camel / Deborah 6.3
64 Whitney: Can I Be Me Aug 18, 2017 Herself / Herself tbd
66 Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Oct 14, 2016 Herself tbd
80 Selma Dec 25, 2014 Producer / Cast / Annie Lee Cooper 7.2
55 The Hundred-Foot Journey Aug 8, 2014 Producer 7.0
65 Lee Daniels' The Butler Aug 16, 2013 Gloria Gaines 6.8
tbd Citizen Hearst Mar 11, 2013 Herself tbd
64 Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and 'To Kill a Mockingbird' May 13, 2011 Herself / Herself 7.3
73 The Princess and the Frog Nov 25, 2009 Eudora 7.4
78 Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire Nov 6, 2009 Executive Producer 8.1
65 The Great Debaters Dec 25, 2007 Producer / Producer tbd
54 Bee Movie Nov 2, 2007 Judge Bumbleton 6.5
68 Charlotte's Web Dec 15, 2006 Gussy The Goose 6.9
61 Emmanuel's Gift Oct 21, 2005 Narrator 7.8
57 Beloved Oct 16, 1998 Producer / Producer / Sethe / Sethe tbd
56 Throw Momma from the Train Dec 11, 1987 Herself / Herself tbd
78 The Color Purple Dec 18, 1985 Sofia 8.5

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