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1933), a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who had been in the Armed Forces when she was born. A genetic test in 2006 determined that her matrilineal line originated among the Kpelle ethnic group, in the area that today is Liberia.
However, Mississippi farmer and World War II veteran Noah Robinson Sr. Her genetic makeup was determined to be 89% Sub-Saharan African, 8% Native American, and 3% East Asian.
Ebert predicted that she would generate 40 times as much revenue as his television show, At the Movies.
Winfrey's syndicated show brought in double Donahue's national audience, displacing Donahue as the number-one daytime talk show in America.
She began to steal money from her mother in an effort to keep up with her free-spending peers, to lie to and argue with her mother, and to go out with older boys.Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where she studied communication.Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee.She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy.
Her mother, Vernita Lee (1935–2018), was a housemaid.