Deborah Lacks

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey is a global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress. She has created an unparalleled connection with audiences around the world, making her one of the most respected and admired people today.

For 25 years, Winfrey was host of the award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show. As Chairman and CEO, she’s guiding her successful cable network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, is the founder of O, The Oprah Magazine and oversees Harpo Films.

Winfrey is an Academy Award-nominated actress for her role in The Color Purple, earned critical acclaim in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and produced and acted in the Academy Award-winning film Selma. Winfrey recently wrapped production for a role in Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time film adaptation from director Ava DuVernay, releasing April 2018.

In 2015, Winfrey joined the Weight Watchers board of directors. On January 3, 2017, her first cookbook Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life debuted as #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

In 2017, The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa will celebrate its seventh graduating class and the school’s 10th anniversary since the doors first opened. Winfrey established the school in 2007 to provide education for academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds. Graduates of the school have continued on to higher education both in South Africa and at colleges and universities around the world.

In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.