A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.
You are what you read.
“Oprah Winfrey Presents” banner have included the award-winning "Tuesdays With Morrie," based on the best-selling novel by Mitch Albom and starring Academy Award®-winner Jack Lemmon and Emmy® Award®-winner Hank Azaria; “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” based on the Zora Neale Hurston novel and starring Academy Award®-winner Halle Berry; and “Mitch Albom’s For One More Day,” based on his best-selling novel and starring Emmy® Award®-winner Michael Imperioli and Academy Award®-winner Ellen Burstyn. In December 2008, Harpo Films announced an exclusive deal with HBO to produce scripted television programming.
In 1998, Harpo Films produced the critically acclaimed "Beloved," a Touchstone Pictures feature film based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Toni Morrison, which co-starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover and was directed by Jonathan Demme. On Christmas Day 2007, co-producers Harpo Films and The Weinstein Company released “The Great Debaters,” which was directed by Academy Award®-winner Denzel Washington who also stars in the film with Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker. “The Great Debaters” received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Motion Picture. In fall 2009, Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry supported Lionsgate's distribution of “Precious,” based on the novel by Sapphire.
Oprah made her acting debut in 1985 as "Sofia" in Steven Spielberg's "The Color Purple," for which she received both Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominations. She also has been lauded for her performances in the made-for-television movies "Before Women Had Wings” (1997), "There Are No Children Here" (1993), and "The Women of Brewster Place" (1989). She also has lent her voice to animated feature films, including “Charlotte’s Web” (2006), “Bee Movie” (2007) and “The Princess and the Frog” (2009).
Oprah.com is a premier women’s lifestyle website, offering advice on everything from the mind, body and spirit to food, home and relationships. It provides comprehensive resources related to OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, O, The Oprah Magazine, and “Oprah Radio.” In addition, the website has unique original content, including Oprah’s Book Club, which offers free in-depth reading guides for each book selection, online discussion groups and Q&A sessions with literary experts. Oprah’s Book Club quickly became the largest book club in the world, presently attracting approximately two million members.
In March 2008, Oprah.com launched the first international interactive webinar series in conjunction with the Book Club selection A New Earth. The groundbreaking live multimedia sessions taught by Oprah and author Eckhart Tolle, have been downloaded or streamed more than 35 million times. For each chapter, Oprah.com users could capture their thoughts and new perspectives within their own personal online workbook.
Oprah has long believed that education is the door to freedom, offering a chance at a brighter future. Through her private charity, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, she has awarded hundreds of grants to organizations that support the education and empowerment of women, children and families in the United States and around the world. Amongst her various philanthropic contributions, she has donated millions of dollars toward providing a better education for students who have merit but no means. She also created "The Oprah Winfrey Scholars Program," which gives scholarships to students determined to use their education to give back to their communities in the United States and abroad.
In December 2002, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation expanded its global humanitarian efforts with her “ChristmasKindness South Africa 2002” initiative that included visits to orphanages and rural schools in South Africa where 50,000 children received gifts of food, clothing, athletic shoes, school supplies, books and toys. Sixty-three schools received libraries and teacher education.
During a December 2000 visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah pledged to build a school in South Africa. As that commitment broadened, she established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed more than $40 million toward the creation of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa, which opened in January 2007 and now serves grades 7 through 12. Located in a 28-building campus in Henley-on-Klip, the Leadership Academy is a state-of-the-art independent school that engenders high standards of academic achievement and service leadership for girls from all nine South African provinces who show outstanding promise despite their impoverished backgrounds and social circumstances. Her vision is that the Leadership Academy will help develop the future women leaders of South Africa.
In a 1997 episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah encouraged viewers to use their lives to make a difference in the lives of others, which led to the creation of the public charity Oprah’s Angel Network in 1998. Oprah’s Angel Network raised more than $80 million, with 100% of the donations funding charitable projects and grants across the globe. Oprah’s Angel Network helped establish 60 schools in 13 countries, create scholarships, support women’s shelters, and build youth centers and homes—changing the future for people all over the world. The Angel Network distributed its final grants, six $1 million donations to U.S. charter schools, in September 2010.
Oprah's commitment to children also led her to initiate the National Child Protection Act in 1991, when she testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to establish a national database of convicted child abusers. On December 20, 1993, President Clinton signed the national "Oprah Bill" into law.
TELEVISION PROGRAMMING CREATOR
With a track record of hits including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Dr. Phil,” “Rachael Ray” and “The Dr. Oz Show,” Oprah owns the most successful production company in daytime talk.
“The Nate Berkus Show,” an all-new one-hour daily talk show starring popular “Oprah” show regular and decorator Nate Berkus, launched on September 13, 2010.
From Harpo Studios, her company creates, develops and produces original programming for network, syndication, cable and digital platforms. Past primetime specials include “Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball” (2006), the “Oprah Winfrey Oscar® Special” (2007), “Building A Dream: The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy” (2007), “Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special” (2009) and “The Oprah Winfrey Oscar® Special” (2010). Current cable series include “Season 25: Oprah Behind the Scenes” (2011) and “Oprah Presents Master Class” (2011).
Through a joint venture, Oprah launched “Oprah & Friends” satellite radio channel in September 2006, which was renamed “Oprah Radio” in 2009. “Oprah Radio,” which airs on SIRIUS XM Radio, features a broad range of original daily programming from Harpo Radio, Inc., including regular segments hosted by popular personalities from “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and “O, The Oprah Magazine” and her exclusive radio program, “Oprah’s Soul Series.” Harpo Radio, Inc. also produces content for Westwood One.
Twenty years after she made her movie debut as “Sofia” in “The Color Purple,” Oprah made her Broadway debut as a producer for the Tony® Award-winning hit musical “The Color Purple,” which opened on December 1, 2005 at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. The show continues to tour throughout the United States.