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Oprah Winfrey

Artist
Brigitte Lacombe, born 23 Dec 1950
Sitter
Oprah Winfrey, born 29 Jan 1954
Date
2009 (printed 2012)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Archival pigment print
Dimensions
Image: 45.8 x 45.8 cm (18 1/16 x 18 1/16")
Sheet: 61.1 x 50.7 cm (24 1/16 x 19 15/16")
Mat: 81.3 × 66 cm (32 × 26")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
© Brigitte Lacombe
Object number
NPG.2012.49
Culture
Oprah Winfrey: American\African American
Exhibition Label
Born Kosciusko, Mississippi
The media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been called the “most influential” and “most powerful” woman in the world. Born to an impoverished single mother, she started her reporting career on the radio. Winfrey soon translated her on-air success to the television screen, working as a news anchor for several local stations. By the mid-1980s, she was at the helm of her own nationally syndicated talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011), and her production company, HARPO. Winfrey’s empathetic persona grew in popularity during her years as a talk show host, and she expanded her brand to encompass a television network and magazine. In addition to producing movies, she has received praise for her performances in such films as The Color Purple (1985), Beloved (1998), and The Butler (2013). She often wields her influence by bringing attention to philanthropic causes, including education, natural disaster relief, housing, arts and culture, medical research, and environmental initiatives.
Nacida en Kosciusko, Misisipi
La magnate de los medios de comunicación Oprah Winfrey ha sido descrita como la mujer “más influyente” y “más poderosa” del mundo. Hija de una madre soltera de pocos recursos, comenzó su carrera como reportera en la radio. Pronto trasladó su éxito radial a la televisión, trabajando como presentadora de noticias en varias estaciones locales. Para media- dos de la década de 1980 se encontraba al timón de su propio programa de entrevistas transmitido nacionalmente, The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986–2011), así como de su compañía productora HARPO. Su imagen empática fue ganándole popularidad a lo largo de más de 20 años en el aire, y mientras tanto extendió su marca a una cadena de televisión y una revista. Además de producir películas, ha recibido elogios por su actuación en filmes como The Color Purple (1985), Beloved (1998) y The Butler (2013). A menudo emplea su influencia para traer a la atención pública causas filantrópicas como la educación, el socorro ante desastres naturales, la vivienda, el arte y la cultura, la investigación médica e iniciativas ambientalistas.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Place
United States\California\Santa Barbara\Santa Barbara