A Biography

Large Print - 2010
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For the past twenty-five years, no one has been better at revealing secrets than Oprah Winfrey. On what is arguably the most influ#65533;ential show in television history, she has gotten her guests--often the biggest celebrities in the world--to bare their love lives, explore their painful pasts, admit their transgressions, reveal their pleasures, and explore their demons. In turn, Oprah has repeatedly allowed her audience to share in her own life story, opening up about the sexual abuse in her past and discussing her romantic relationships, her weight problems, her spiritual beliefs, her charitable donations, and her strongly held views on the state of the world.

After a quarter of a century of the Oprah-ization of America, can there be any more secrets left to reveal?

Yes. Because Oprah has met her match.

Kitty Kelley has, over the same period of time, fear#65533;lessly and relentlessly investigated and written about the world's most revered icons: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Reagan, England's Royal Family, and the Bush dynasty. In her #1 bestselling biographies, she has exposed truths and exploded myths to uncover the real human beings that exist behind their manufac#65533;tured facades.

Turning her reportorial sights on Oprah, Kelley has now given us an unvarnished look at the stories Oprah's told and the life she's led. Kelley has talked to Oprah's closest family members and business associates. She has obtained court records, birth certificates, financial and tax records, and even copies of Oprah's legendary (and punishing) confidentiality agreements. She has probed every aspect of Oprah Winfrey's life, and it is as if she's written the most extraordinary segment of The Oprah Winfrey Show ever filmed--one in which Oprah herself is finally and fully revealed.

There is a case to be made, and it is certainly made in this book, that Oprah Winfrey is an important, and even great, figure of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. But there is also a case to be made that even greatness needs to be examined and put under a microscope. Fact must be separated from myth, truth from hype. Kitty Kelley has made that separation, showing both sides of Oprah as they have never been shown before. In doing so she has written a psychologically perceptive and meticulously researched book that will surprise and thrill everyone who reads it.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, c2010
Edition: Large Print ed
ISBN: 9780739377857
Characteristics: xviii, 885 p. (large print) : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm


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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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