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9 Secrets You Never Knew About Oprah

You may think you know everything about Oprah - but no daytime TV star can share every secret with her audiences. Read on to discover 9 Oprah secrets.

Originally Orpah

Originally Orpah

According to Oprah, her name was originally "Orpah," but she preferred the name "Oprah" and went by that name despite her mother's wishes.

Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy

At just the age of 14, Oprah had a baby, but the child died as an infant.

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Instrumental for Obama

Instrumental for Obama

President Obama's close 2008 Democratic primary victory came in large part through the work of Oprah, who was reportedly responsible for over a million of his votes.

The Potato Sack

The Potato Sack

Oprah's beginnings are so humble that she used to go to school in clothes that her mother made out of potato sacks. This secret about Oprah led some children to call her "Sack Girl."

Jury Duty

Jury Duty

Despite her objections due to her fame, both the prosecutor and the defense had no objections to Oprah's presence on Dion Coleman's murder trial.

Drugs

Drugs

Oprah has gone on the record as saying that, for a brief time in her life, she was heavily involved with crack cocaine.

Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Oprah went out with the late, great movie critic Roger Ebert for only a couple of dates before they split up.

Genetic Makeup

Genetic Makeup

It was revealed that Oprah is mostly African, with a genetic makeup of over 80 percent sub-Saharan African.

The Oprah Bill

The Oprah Bill

A Clinton-era bill is named after her; it is also known as the National Child Protection Act.

Although these Oprah secrets are not all negative, they are usually not brought to light for various reasons. Oprah has made an impact on America and the world through her humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

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