Oprah Winfrey is known as the world’s most influential philanthropist and was ranked as the richest African-American of the last century. She’s an actress, a media proprietor and a talk show hostess.
The Oprah Winfrey Show is her multi-award-winning ladder to success. The show had 25 seasons and ran from 1986 to 2011. It’s the highest rated show of its kind in American TV history, airing in 149 countries around the world.
What you probably don’t know is that the comedian actor Robin Williams is at the bottom of it all. If it hadn’t been for his brave recommendation, Oprah would have probably spent her life as part of the local TV station’s staff.
That’s exactly where she was working back in the 1980s, when she was only 24. During this period, Oprah had a high-spirited chat with Williams and later he convinced network bosses to hire her as a host of a talk show. Oprah herself describes the 5 minute job interview as exhilarating.