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The Queen of Talk Shows



The Queen of Talk Shows
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.76

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     challenging words:    co-host, inspiration, phenomenal, production, determination, billionaire, born, actress, childhood, receive, outstanding, several, lived, career, during, woman
     content words:    Oprah Winfrey, Vernon Winfrey, Tennessee State University, Speech Communications, Performing Arts, Are Talking, Oprah Winfrey Show, Outstanding Talk/Service Program, Color Purple, HARPO Productions


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The Queen of Talk Shows
By Tammy Scarbrough
  

1     Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, on January, 29, 1954, where she lived with her grandmother. By the time she was three years old, she already knew how to read aloud. She had a tough childhood living with her mother from the time she was six until she was thirteen. Sadly, she was an abused child during this time. She then went to live with her father, Vernon Winfrey. He made sure that Oprah read a different book every week and required that she write a book report. Although this may have seemed harsh at the time, it could have given her the love of books she has today.
 
2     Her career as a broadcaster started at the young age of seventeen. She was hired by a radio station in Nashville. About two years later, she was hired by a television station in the same town as a reporter and news anchor. Oprah graduated from Tennessee State University with a major in speech communications and performing arts.
 
3     In 1978, Oprah was hired as a co-host of a show called People Are Talking, which began her career as a talk show host. Then in 1984, she became the host of AM Chicago. The show had not been doing well before she was hired. She completely turned the show around in less than a year, and the show became known as The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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