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Life of Oprah Winfrey

You can have it all, you just can’t have it all at once. - Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey with her mother
Life of Oprah Winfrey

The more someone’s heart line extends towards the index finger, the more the heart goes out to others. They easily get emotionally involved in others. As a result, it takes longer for them to disconnect. They show a sweet side and can be super affectionate and generous.

Their sentimental and big hearted natures make them great caregivers. They demonstrate their love by showing care and generosity. These people can always be seen at the weaker side of every parade, destroying distinctions, and demanding attention to the issues of the frail.

From the age of 14, she lived with her father. Oprah says he was strict, and she was always in the mood to be disobedient during her teenage years. After working her way through college, she became interested in journalism and media and got her first job as a news anchor for a local TV station.

Oprah Winfrey
The Oprah Show

Her emotional style did not go down well for a news programme, so she was transferred to an ailing daytime chat programme. After Oprah had taken over, the daily chat show took off, and this later led to her own programme – The Oprah Winfrey Show.

It's not as if Oprah created the theory behind the best-selling self-help book The Secret, written by New Age guru Rhonda Byrne. But by promoting it on two episodes of her show, she may have given it a dangerous level of credence.

The book's central premise, the Law of Attraction, is that positive thinking is the route to obtaining what you want in life, while negative thoughts will cause bad events to occur. But when Oprah's producers received a letter from viewer Kim Tinkham — who had received a breast-cancer diagnosis shortly after the shows aired — they were alarmed by how far she had taken the inspiration. Tinkham wrote that she had decided to forgo chemotherapy, instead choosing to follow the book's advice literally.

Oprah brought Tinkham on the show to set her straight and urge her not to "ignore all the advantages of medical science." Tinkham, who went on to follow another New Age regime laid out in a book called The pH Miracle, died in December 2010. Ultimately, Oprah stood by her position that the Law of Attraction can effect positive change.

Oprah Winfrey on the stage
Oprah Winfrey

The Oprah Winfrey show has proved to be one of the most successful and highly watched TV shows of all time. It has broken many social and cultural barriers such as gay and lesbian issues.

Oprah has also remained a powerful role model for women and black American women in particular. She is credited with promoting an intimate confessional form of media communication, which has been imitated across the globe.

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