Oprah Winfrey may be ranked the richest African American of the 20th century and the most influential woman in the world, but she comes from really humble beginnings, so humble it might actually shock you. Here are 20 things you didn’t know about the media mogul:
20. Oscar Nomination
In 1985, she had a role in Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple. She played housewife Sofia. The film received positive reviews from critics and Winfrey received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her part in the film, but she lost out to Anjelica Huston who won for her role in Prizzi’s Honor.