The uncommon wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: a portrait in her own words

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Carol Pub. Group, 1997 - Fiction - 290 pages
For the first time The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey tells the incredibly moving story of America's most beloved star in her own words. She evokes her impoverished childhood in the Deep South, her heralded rise as America's most successful talk show host, her experience as a movie actress and Academy Award nominee, and her life as a single, enormously wealthy black woman in a white, male-dominated world.

This unforgettable collection of her comments and views on family, success, weight loss, relationships, and much more, intimately reveals Oprah's passions, hurts, and ambitions.

Filled with hundreds of quotations, The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey plumbs such sensitive subjects as the abuse she suffered from relatives when she was a child, her experimentation with drugs, her feelings about the enormous success of her show, how she relates to her family, and the causes and charities that drive her.

For instance, on:

- Success: "Don't be satisfied with just one success-and don't give up after failure".

- Her weight: "If I'm not every woman, I definitely have been every size!"

- Mr. Right: (before she was involved with Stedman Graham) "Mr. Right's coming, but he's in Africa and he's walkin'".

- Responsibility: "To those of us that much is given, much is expected".

- Her business ability: "I don't do anything unless it feels good. I don't move on logic. I move on my gut. And I have a good gut!"

- Life: "Don't live your life to please other people".

Oprah Winfrey perhaps best summed up her own sense of self when she said: "If you seek what is honorable, what is good, what is the truth of your life, all the other things you could not imagine come as a matter ofcourse".

Deservedly adored by millions, the real Oprah Winfrey is revealed as never befor

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Oprah Winfrey, talk-show host, actress, philanthropist, and businesswoman, is the chairman of Harpo Entertainment Group in Chicago. She has been the host of the number-one talk show in the world for eleven years.
Bob Greene is an exercise physiologist and personal trainer specializing in fitness, metabolism, and weight loss. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Arizona and is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Council on Exercise.

William Adler was born on May 14, 1929 in New York. After attending Brooklyn College (1947-51), Adler served in the U.S. Army. Adler, a full-time writer/editor, has published approximately 150 books on various topics over the past forty years, but he is probably best known for his books reflecting the wit and humor of individual celebrities. In books such as The Kennedy Wit and The Churchill Wit, Adler has selected and edited a variety of quotations and humorous anecdotes that reveal a human side of famous individuals. His edited collections of letters written to famous people or organizations, such as Kids' Letters to President Carter and Letters to the Air Force on UFOs, are also quite popular. These books, while interspersed with humor, often explore more serious topics with insight, understanding, and sensitivity. Adler wrote for two popular television programs, Candid Camera and Tex and Jinx, and conceived the ideas for a series of murder mysteries written by other authors, that invited readers to participate in solving the crimes. Large cash awards were offered to the reader who could solve a series of crimes leading to the murders. The first of these popular 1980s mysteries was Who Killed the Robins Family and where, and when, and how and why did they die? Although Adler masterminded the book, Thomas Chastain actually wrote it. Later, Adler would use this same reader-participation strategy when he published Bill Adler's Chance of a Lifetime, a guidebook on how to become a successful entrepreneur. Again a cash prize was offered to the reader who entered the best new business idea after reading and following the principles presented in the book. Adler has also written and edited a number of his more serious books under the pseudonym, Jay David.

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