Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist who is best known for her syndicated talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show which aired on the ABC from 1986 to 2011, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history. She has also been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest African-American philanthropist in American history, and was for a time the world's only African-American billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world. In addition, she is known for her role as Sofia Johnson in Steven Spielberg's critically acclaimed period drama film The Color Purple, in which she received an nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and has also starred in historical drama films, including Lee Daniel's The Butler and Ava DuVernay's Selma.
For Disney, she voiced Eudora in the 2009 Disney animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. She also played Sethe in and produced the 1998 Touchstone Pictures film, Beloved. In addition, she produced several telefilms for ABC and played Mrs. Which in the 2018 sci-fi film, A Wrinkle in Time.
- In the episode "Spike" of Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Dr. Gladys Okra bears a striking resemblance to her.
- She was also mentioned in an episode of MECH-X4, as well as the Raven's Home episodes "Baxter's Back" and "Just Call Me Vic".
- Her name was meant to be "Orpah" (like from the Bible), but it was misspelled on her birth certificate.