CHICAGO (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she recently learned she has a half-sister she never knew about.

Winfrey made the announcement on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ that aired Monday morning. She says she has a sister who lives in Milwaukee.

Oprah Winfrey’s announcement that she would stage a surprise reunion on her talk show had prompted major media buzz.

Winfrey, 57, and various biographies say she was born to unmarried teenagers Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee, and raised at different times by a grandmother, her mother, and her father and stepmother in Mississippi, Wisconsin and Tennessee. Two Winfrey siblings, a brother and sister, both have died.

“I was given some news that literally shook me to my core. This time, I’m the one being reunited,” she said before the announcement. “I was keeping a family secret for months, and on Monday you’re going to hear it straight from me.”

Winfrey has shared painful and private elements of her life before, willingly or not. Her revelation that she had given birth as a teenager to a son who died shortly afterward came after a relative sold the story to a tabloid in 1990. Winfrey has also discussed her childhood molestation.

The Chicago-based syndicated “Oprah Winfrey Show” is in its 25th and final season. The Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, launched in January.

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Comments (8)
  1. kicktothecurb says:

    I would care to know because it all about living and knowing who is a part of your life. Family is the most important thing anyone could share. I’m happy for her to have located her sister. A sister’s love is truly amazing to have in your life. Besides, Oprah is a beautiful person that cares about the world!!! Oprah congrats to you……for you are so deserving!!!

  2. L CANDLER says:

    oprah was a victim of mucy poverty, and now has become filthy rich……why is she reluctant to directly refer to GOD…..would she refer to GOD if she didn’t have all material goods…..she will leave all that money behind……how can a poor african american not believe in GOD, not just a higher power, or some other reference?
    maybe if she accepts her natural father, she will getr an enlightment about GOD and the need to get a relationship with GOD THE FATHER, and maybe she will turn from her sinful relationship with Stedman. she is not a good example to the girls in her school or any girl, period. I PRAY FOR HER SOUL.

    1. bdj says:

      What does GOD or Stedman have to do with this story? While I don’t particularly care about this news article, at least make your comments revelent to the issue at hand.

  3. Me says:

    L Candler – yeah…you are really and truely very crazy and you know what?….I’ll prey for you. lmao

    1. Truth says:

      Buck up and face reality.
      There is no god.
      Belief in such is a nice comforting myth for those unable to understand the revelations of modern science.

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