Journey to Beloved

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Hyperion, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 165 pages
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Of all the events in Oprah Winfrey's life, none has affected her as powerfully as playing the part of Sethe, the former slave who must come to terms with a haunting past, in Jonathan Demme's film of Toni Morrison's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel -- coming from Touchstone Pictures in Fall 1998. Oprah fell in love with the book when it was first published in 1988, and instantly became determined to deliver this powerful story to film herself. But making the movie was something even more profound than she might have imagined, and Journey to Beloved is her own emotional account of that experience.With Oprah's heartfelt words and the evocative images of Ken Regan, Journey to Beloved is an elegant book that will interest fans of Oprah, of Toni Morrison, and of fine filmmaking. Accompanying Oprah's personal journals and thoughts about the Beloved experience is a foreword by Jonathan Demme and a chorus of voices, from Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Kimberley Elise, and Beah Richards. The result is a tribute to a courageous work of art, expressed as only Oprah can express it.Oprah Winfrey is an award-winning actress, philanthropist, busines

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This book was really fun because it's essentially a reprint of the diary that Oprah kept while filming this movie. It includes lots of pictures as well. Any Oprah fan should read this book. Read full review

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Over four years ago, I found this book in a small shop in DUMBO Brooklyn, later I found another in the same store. I felt as though I had been rewarded a gift from the universe. This work is excellent! Oprah portrayed her character in the movie Beloved, as though she was born to do just that. Naturally! My purchase of the two books give me much pleasure when I relax to read and share the book with a friend. They are priceless. Thank you to the cast, Oprah, and Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Regan ,for a wonderful movie and book which should have won an Academy for Ms. Winfrey. ... Ms. Willie Mae Brown 

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About the author (1998)

Oprah Winfrey, 1954 - Born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi. At the age of 19, Winfrey landed her first broadcasting job as a reporter for radio station WVOL in Nashville. She enrolled in Tennessee State University to study speech and performing arts in 1970, and in 1971, she was named Nashville's Miss Fire Prevention, followed by being named Miss Black Tennessee in 1972. In her sophomore year at Tennessee State University, Winfrey switched to media and became the first African-American anchor at Nashville's WTVF-TV. In 1977 she moved to Baltimore to co-anchor the six o'clock news. Once there she was recruited to co-host Baltimore's WJZ-TV's local talk show, People Are Talking. In 1984 she relocated again, this time to Chicago to host WLS-TV's morning talk show, AM Chicago. AM Chicago becomes the number one talk show a mere month later. In less than a year, the show expanded to one hour and was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show. Winfrey had her feature film debut as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, based on the novel by Alice Walker, in 1985. She received nominations for a Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role. The Oprah Winfrey Show entered syndication 1986 and remained the number one talk show for fourteen consecutive seasons, receiving 34 Emmys throughout it's run, and Oprah is given the honor of hosting the 14th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards in 1987. In 1988 Harpo Productions, Inc., Winfrey's production company is born, and in 1989, Winfrey produced and starred as "Mattie Michael" in the miniseries,The Women of Brewster Place, which recounts the lives of the female denizens of an inner-city brownstone. Again in 1990, she hosted the 17th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. Winfrey executive produced and performed in the TV Series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, further promoting Harpo Productions. In 1991, she initiated the National Child Protection Act, testifying in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. In 1996 she received the George Foster Peabody Individual Achivement Award and the International Radio and Television Society's Gold Medal Award for all of her work in these mediums. She began Oprah's Book Club, an on-air reading club, of which all of the Book Club selections have become instant bestsellers. In 1997, she was named Newsweek's most important person in books and media, and a year later named TV Guide's Television Performer of the Year, as well as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the 20th Century by Time Magazine. She went on to receive the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997 as well. That same year, she announced that she would join producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner (Cosby, Roseanne) and Geraldine Laybourne (Nickelodeon) to launch Oxygen Media, Inc., a cable channel and interactive network for women. She also joined Stedman Graham in teaching at Northwestern University's J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management. In 2000 she was presented with the National Book Foundation's 50th anniversary gold medal for all that Oprah's Book Club has done for books and authors.

KEN REGAN, a photojournalist for more than 40 years, has been published in "Vanity Fair," "Rolling" "Stone," "Time," "Sports Illustrated," "Life," "Time," and "Paris Match." CHRIS MURRAY is the founder of Govinda Gallery in Washington D.C. BUDD SCHULBERG is the author of the best-selling novels "What Makes Sammy Run" and "The Harder They Fall," and the Academy Award-winning screenplay for "On The Waterfront,

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