In the 1970s, WJZ-TV management criticized Winfrey for crying on the air while reporting tragedies and were unhappy with her physical appearance (especially when her hair fell out as the result of a bad perm.
In her past, she was allegedly involved in a second drug-related love affair, for which she was criticized by her fans and other people.
For her role as Gloria Gaines in The Butler (2013), she was nominated for several awards including BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture.
Dooley on the first page of The Wonderful World of Oprah, published in 1988.“She is stunningly beautiful, larger than life, honest, and is as warm as your grandmother’s house.” Other common themes are Oprah’s incredible rags-to-riches backstory, (to Dooley, Winfrey’s Jaguar Xj-S was “a symbol of her triumph over seemingly insurmountable odds,” as was the fact that she “wears thousand-dollar outfits and wears hundred-dollar shoes [though she has pairs that cost more]”), and the branding of her critics as player-haters. Up Close and Down Home (1993), Nellie Bly defends Winfrey against the complaints of a critic who attacked The Color Purple for having “all the historical sense of Cinderella“: “Yes, Professor, that’s the point! She’s no cartoon, she’s a flesh-and-blood woman who had come from poverty and abuse and was co-starring in a movie!” In fact, these books are interesting because of their role in the transformation of a “flesh-and-blood woman” into a folk hero.Beloved‘s failure seems all the more stark when contrasted against the enormous success of The Butler.The only film this year to top the box office three weeks in a row prior to Gravity, The Butler has so far earned over 3 million, and if early buzz (and the presumed power of Harvey Weinstein) holds, it seems poised to play a role in the awards season zeitgeist — that is, if there’s room for it alongside 12 Years a Slave, which has already been anointed by some as the film to beat, and which shares with The Butler based-on-a-true story legitimacy.The couple broke up because of having an interracial relationship.In the mid-1980s, she briefly dated movie critic Roger Ebert., which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.The Butler is my favorite Lee Daniels film for John Cusack-as-Richard Nixon alone, but I also found Oprah Winfrey’s performance as the butler’s wife — a black American housewife whose not inconsiderable power is limited to the domestic sphere and who experiences the social evolutions of the twentieth century first as a passive spectator on television, and then through the ways in which they cause the men in her life to treat her — to be pretty mesmerizing.It’s not just the lack of vanity, the lack of self-consciousness.Oprah and Graham have been together for over three decades now and their relationship is going very well.Previously in the 1970s, Winfrey had a romantic relationship with John Tesh.