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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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Artist
Brian Lanker, 31 Aug 1947 - 13 Mar 2011
Sitter
Oprah Gail Winfrey, born 29 Jan 1954
Date
1988
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 70.2 × 70.6 cm (27 5/8 × 27 13/16")
Sheet/Mount: 80.6 × 70.6 cm (31 3/4 × 27 13/16")
Mat: 88.6 × 87.3 cm (34 7/8 × 34 3/8")
Frame: 91.4 × 90.8 × 4.4 cm (36 × 35 3/4 × 1 3/4")
Topic
Costume\Jewelry\Earring
Interior
Container\Vase
Costume\Jewelry\Bracelet
Interior\Domestic
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Couch
Nature & Environment\Plant\Flower\Lily
Costume\Jewelry\Watch\Wrist watch
Oprah Gail Winfrey: Female
Oprah Gail Winfrey: Journalism and Media\Magazine publisher
Oprah Gail Winfrey: Performing Arts\Performer\Actor\Movie actor
Oprah Gail Winfrey: Performing Arts\Performer\Television personality
Oprah Gail Winfrey: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Business executive\Media industry executive
Oprah Gail Winfrey: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Oprah Gail Winfrey: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Business executive\Television executive
Portrait
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of Lynda Lanker and a museum purchase made possible with generous support from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, Agnes Gund, Kate Kelly and George Schweitzer, Lyndon J. Barrois Sr. and Janine Sherman Barrois, and Mark and Cindy Aron
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© Brian Lanker Archive
Object number
NPG.2021.152
Exhibition Label
Born Kosciusko, Mississippi
I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life.
— Oprah Winfrey
Combining personal appeal with strong business acumen, Oprah Winfrey has built a lucrative and highly influential media empire. Her early broadcast experience included anchoring local news, but Winfrey found her true calling in 1984 when she took the helm of an underperforming television talk show in Chicago. Her empathetic persona struck an immediate chord with viewers and soon opened the door to other opportunities, including her Oscar-nominated performance in The Color Purple (1985).
In 1986—the year The Oprah Winfrey Show gained a broad-based, national audience through syndication—Winfrey founded her production company, Harpo. She expanded her brand with additional film performances and the publication of O Magazine (2000–20). After twenty-five years as the nation’s premier daytime talk show host, Winfrey ended The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2011 and established the OWN television network. Her impact continues through her philanthropy, her role as a media executive, and her high-profile celebrity interviews.
Nacida en Kosciusko, Misisipi
Desde pequeña me enseñaron que la excelencia es la mejor disuasión para el racismo o el sexismo. Y es así que actúo en mi vida.
—Oprah Winfrey
Con su atractiva personalidad y su visión para los negocios, Oprah Winfrey ha levantado un imperio mediático lucrativo y muy influyente. En sus inicios fue presentadora de noticieros locales, pero halló su verdadera vocación en 1984 al tomar el timón de un programa de entrevistas hasta entonces poco exitoso en Chicago. Su empatía de inmediato tocó una fibra en el público y le abrió la puerta a otras oportunidades, incluida su actuación en el filme El color púrpura (1985), que le valió una nominación para el Oscar.
En 1986 —año en que The Oprah Winfrey Show se aseguró un amplio público nacional mediante la sindicación— Winfrey fundó su compañía productora, Harpo. Luego expandió su marca con otras películas y la revista O Magazine (2000–20). Tras 25 años como presentadora del principal programa de entrevistas del país, Winfrey dio fin al Oprah Winfrey Show en 2011 y estableció la cadena televisiva OWN. Su impacto continúa a través de su filantropía, su labor como ejecutiva en los medios y sus entrevistas a celebridades.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Location
Currently not on view