22 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Oprah 

Jordan Love
Updated June 14, 2019 8.2k views 22 items

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most iconic individuals in America and across the world. Whether you like her or not, her star status is undeniable. She went from a small role on TV to host of her own talk show - one that was watched by millions of people each week. From there, she started a magazine, founded her very own television network, and created a multi-billion dollar industry based on herself alone. She is also likely the most influential non-politician in America and teased a run for President in 2020. These are just a handful of the most interesting facts about Oprah.

Just about any book Oprah features on her show becomes a bestseller overnight. Stars' careers can be made or destroyed on her show. She's even close with the first family! Oprah has the closest thing to a Midas Touch as there is today. 

That being said, she isn't exactly an open book, especially by today's social media and tabloid-obsessed standards. There's tons of Oprah trivia and Oprah history that even some of her most dedicated fans have a hard time keeping up with. So, who is the real Oprah?

Most people know some of the major Oprah Winfrey facts, such as her difficult upbringing and her troubles with weight over the years, but there's so much more than just what's on her Wikipedia page. Go ahead and check out the most interesting Oprah facts, and when you are done, head over and vote on celebrities who would make the best President.

Her Name Was Supposed to Be ORpah
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Oprah Winfrey was actually born Orpah Gail Winfrey. The story goes that she routinely mispronounced her name when she was young. She did it so much that eventually everyone else began calling her Oprah as well and it stuck.
She Almost Went to Juvie
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When Oprah was young, she tried to run away and almost ended up in a juvenile detention home. Lucky for her, they didn't have enough beds so she was turned away.
She Has a Sister
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Technically, she has a long-lost half-sister. Oprah didn't find out about the woman until 2010, and she made the revelation on her show in 2011. Since then, she's bought her sister a house and paid for her to go to college.
She Has a Congressional Bill Named After Her
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In 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law the "Oprah Bill." It created a national database of information on child abusers.