Oprah Winfrey

Is a devoted philanthropist who contributes generously to institutions (Morehouse College, Tennessee State University, Chicago Academy of the Arts) and the Chicago Public Schools. She also supports shelters for battered women and strives to catch child abusers.

As the first African-American woman to establish her own production firm, Oprah Winfrey is a Wimage hero. In her debut film, The Color Purple, she received an Academy Award nomination. Winfrey was once television’s highest-paid entertainment as the popular host of a syndicated television talk show that reached 15 million people a day. The duration of The Oprah Show was twenty-five seasons.