A Biography

eBook - 2010
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Based on three years of research and reporting as well as 850 interviews with sources, many of whom have never before spoken for publication, Oprah is the first comprehensive biography of one of the most influential, powerful, and admired public figures of our time. Anyone who is a fan of Oprah Winfrey or who has followed her extraordinary life and career will be fascinated and newly informed by the closely observed, detailed, and well-rounded portrait of her provided by Kitty Kelley's exhaustively researched book. Readers will come away with a greater appreciation of who Oprah really is beyond her public persona and a fuller understanding of her important place in American cultural history.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Crown, [2010]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9780307718778
Characteristics: 1 online resource (524 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color)).


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Jun 05, 2018

I couldn't get into this book. I've seen Oprah's show and it seems to me that Kitty Kelley was trying to bash Oprah and make her seem like a witch. It could be just me but I don't like it when people are put down.

Apr 06, 2017

Interesting, also pretty catty in a backhanded way. This is the first book by Kitty Kelley I've ever read, so I don't know how truthful she is, although she at least makes it sound like she's done her research. I don't find it surprising that Oprah had overwhelming ambition from the start, or even that she may have altered facts about her childhood to fit her public-image needs as an adult. I was surprised by the overwhelming amount of control over her staff and guests with privacy contracts etc., and even how she prevented her father from writing his book. It does make you wonder why she wants/ needs this control. However, even if all the facts are true, I think this fails as a biography because we never get a sense of who Oprah is, her motivations, what makes her tick, who she is as a person. Instead it seems like an accumulation of facts written in a way (for the most part) to make Oprah look as bad as possible. I am not a huge Oprah fan, but you have to admire her at the least for becoming one of, if not the most influential woman in America. Even an analytical account of how she got to where she is today and why would have been more interesting. I will not waste my time with anything else Kitty Kelley has written.

Sep 29, 2014


Mar 26, 2014

Oprah always kind of creeped me out but I did watch on occasion and sometimes the show was interesting. I heard that Kitty Kelley was a really nasty biographer so I picked this up for no other reason that the book was there and I was in the mood for something silly. However, I will admit that this is a terrific read: Kelley is actually quite fair and backs everything up. If you want to know how Obama became president of the USA, read this. How this woman got to be so powerful is beyond me but on top of that, she was astute enough to launch several careers (Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil). This is a good read for a Sunday afternoon.

NBarris Nov 11, 2013

it is what it is...the real Oprah put out there...glad I never watched her show on tv for she is a true hyprocrite and a liar to name a few! Worth the read by all the Stay At Home Moms who were captivated by her!

Dec 11, 2012

A complete REETA SKEETER...Horrible! Worst book I ever read, but for the pictures...Its as if the write only has her own interests at heart...Just like the Rita Skeeter of Harry Potter this one seems to have her own quick quotes quill as well!

Aug 07, 2010

the basic question is not answered ; is oprah strait, bent, bi or asexual or what!
all kitty has to say about it is that a guy hired to fix up part of oprahs house says he never saw oprah and steadman show any physicallity when they were together. hell i wouldnt grope my girlfriend in front of the hired help either! so what!

hippyheart Jun 29, 2010

I think you'd need to be an Oprah disciple to plough through this. I really don't care enough.

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