When Oprah Should’ve Been Celebrating Thanksgiving, Her Family Were Dealt The Most Devastating Blow

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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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And yet even at a young age, Oprah’s desire to engage with others shone through. For instance, she would perform pretend interviews with whomever and whatever she could find – be they animals or inanimate dolls. Oprah was already such a talented speaker as a child, in fact, that the church congregation nicknamed her “the Preacher.” But despite the gifts it had given her, life would not prove easy for Oprah.

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