Here’s one thing that’s not controversial about the blockbuster Oprah interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on Sunday night; Oprah Winfrey once again proved to the world she is in a league of her own.
Oprah doesn’t doesn’t even work for CBS, yet she was the face of that network Sunday night.
Scoring a huge coup is nothing new for the living legend. In fact, if you think you know O, think again.
Here’s 10 incredible facts about Oprah…
- It never hurts to have a cool and unique name, and Oprah has that. Although her actual berth name is Orpah, not Oprah. Turns out people constantly mispronounced her actual name, so she just went with what they were calling her.
2. In 1983, Oprah moved to Chicago to take over the morning talk show on WLS TV called “Am Chicago.” When she started it was the lowest rated show in Chicago, and within months she beat “Donahue” for the top-ranked show in the city.
3. Oprah named her production company on the west side of Chicago Harpo. That’s Oprah spelled backwards, and the name of her husband in “The Color Purple.”
4. Her 1993 interview with Michael Jackson was the fourth-most viewed event in television history.
5. During a memorable moment in her 19th season hosting her nationally syndicated talk show, Oprah famously gave all 276 members of her audience a new car. (A Pontiac)
6. Dr. Phil got his start on the Oprah Winfrey Show.
7. Oprah is the first black woman to become a billionaire. She is currently worth $2.7 billion.
8. A book she wrote in 2005 on weight loss earned her the largest advance fee for a book ever, breaking the record held by Bill Clinton.
9. In 2013, President Barack Obama award her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
10. Her prime time interview special Sunday night drew the largest TV crowd outside the Super Bowl this year, with 17.1 million viewers.