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Oprah Winfrey is undeniably one of the most powerful women in America, if not the entire world. After all, she has built a multi-billion-dollar empire from nothing. The star has also been credited with creating a new brand of national discourse – one that places emphasis on emotion and doesn’t separate the private from the public. So when Oprah suffered a tragedy during the Thanksgiving period of 2018, it naturally didn’t take long for the event to make worldwide news.

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Oprah’s truly inspirational story is one of rags to riches. She was born in 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, who was just a teenager at the time. Young Oprah was thus raised for a time by her grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee, who was so poverty-stricken that she couldn’t always afford clothes for her young ward. As a result, Oprah was frequently forced to dress herself in potato sacks.

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