By George Mair
A portrait of the preferred talk-show host chronicles Oprah Winfrey's dramatic upward push to good fortune, detailing her tough early life, conflict with weight, occupation course, charitable businesses, own existence, and extra.
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Oprah shifted to wearing conservative high-school-girl clothes, like knee-length plaid pinafores with white long-sleeved blouses buttoned at the neck, traditional low-heel schoolgirl shoes, and hair done in the Marlo Thomas That Girl flip, as was the fashion. Anthony Otey became Oprah's boyfriend during their high school years. He met her at a community center where both would come with friends. He was another of the few blacks attending East Nashville High, which immediately gave them common grounds to get to know each other.
Then they began to see each other frequently, going to Burger King and Pizza Hut, Jackson 5 concerts, Ali McGraw movies, listening to "their song," which was "Bridge Over Troubled Water," and yet they never--never--had sex. Tony said that he and Oprah made a pact when they started dating not to have sex until they got married. In his eyes it was part of their religious belief and their determination to amount to something worthwhile when they were grown up. Anthony is now married and living with his wife, Barbara, and their two sons in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
In terms of her education and school, the rules Vernon and Zelma spelled out were equally demanding. They were not enforced by physical abuse or spankings but by Vernon's stern lectures, to the point that Oprah would sometimes wish her father would whip her instead of preaching to her. Vernon was stern and made it clear that his word was law and nonnegotiable. Zelma and Vernon insisted on the extracurricular reading that would have a long-term effect on Oprah. It would broaden her knowledge, but it would also introduce her to her black heritage through authors like Margaret Walker and Jubilee and, her favorite, Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.