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Princeton University Honorary Doctorate Degree Humanities 2002: 'Oprah Winfrey, whose television broadcasting career began when she was still in high school, produces and hosts the "Oprah Winfrey Show."
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Nationally syndicated since 1986 and now reaching audiences in 112 countries, the program has won more than 30 Emmy awards, as well as the 1999 National Book Foundation's 50th Anniversary Gold Medal for contributions to reading and books. This award reflects her efforts through Oprah's Book Club, an on-air reading club, to promote enthusiasm for reading. Winfrey made her acting debut in director Steven Spielberg's film "The Color Purple" and starred in the critically acclaimed film "Beloved" and in numerous made-for-television movies. As chairman of Harpo, Inc. and Harpo Films, Inc. as well as other production companies, Winfrey has produced a number of award-winning films. She has taught at Northwestern University's business school. Her support of higher education includes Oprah's Angel Network, which raises college scholarship funds for disadvantaged youngsters.Tennessee State University (B.S., 1987)Film producer, actress, publisher, television icon, philanthropist, her roles have a seamlessness beyond their effervescent success. Each one reflects her insatiable curiosity, commitment to universal literacy and the rewards of knowledge, and her insistence on the boundless amelioration of the human spirit. The theme of her life and work represents the University's highest aspirations of education, opportunity and service.