Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey was 'terrified' making 'The Color Purple' and has 'never stopped being intimidated'

Oprah Winfrey was 'terrified' making 'The Color Purple' and has 'never stopped being intimidated'

Oprah Winfrey guides you into her office and, after a welcoming hug (Winfrey’s a hugger, but you probably already knew that), she immediately anticipates where your eye is going to land first. Over in the corner, overlooking her Oprah Winfrey Network studio lot, there’s artist Whitfield Lovell’s “Having,” a charcoal on wood panel image of two African American women that has three wood boxes of pennies placed in front of it.

“These women were early entrepreneurs,” Winfrey says. “I looked at this every day from my desk in Chicago to remind me and inspire me that, yes, it...

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