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Being The Mistreated Daughter Of A Maid And Losing Her Own Child, Made Her The World’s Richest Woman

Today we are shining the spotlight on a woman who deserves praise. Her blessings were never handed to her, nor did they come easy. The accomplished actress and media queen has defied all kinds of odds and has single handedly taken down every barrier put in her path. She suffered and she struggled from tragedy to tragedy from the second that she was born.

Yet she didn't let her tragic story define her. She did everything in her power to turn her life around. Little did she know, the mistreated child would then become the world's richest woman.

Born To A Teenage Housemaid

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The woman of the hour was born January 29, 1954, in Kosciusko, Mississippi to young parents. Her mother was still not even a fully grown adult, giving birth at the tender age of 18 while her father was also just discovering the harsh reality of the world at age 20.

Her mother worked as a teenage maid, trying to provide for herself. Both parents were not in a relationship together, so the baby was sent to live with her grandmother while the mother went to work.

Her Grandmother Disclipned Her In The Harshest Ways

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The grandmother went by the name Hattie Mae and she was known to be strict. Maybe it was an attempt to protect the now growing baby, as to shield her from the same outcome that her mother endured. Growing up as a girl in rural Mississippi, she was to taught to read by her grandmother and brought to church

It didn't take long for her community to notice her remarkable intelligence as she read passages aloud. Even in school, she was asked to skip Kindergarten and quickly moved to first grade. This wouldn't' be the only grade she skips as she surpasses her peers.

It Still Wasn't Enough

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Yet, despite her early success, he grandmother would sill beat her with a cane for the smallest mistakes. The poor girl's life felt like hell both at home and at school.

Because of how poor she was, her peers also made her life difficult by making fun of her cheap clothes, often made from potato sacks and named her "Slack girl." She couldn't catch a break and didn't know how to escape.

Her Mother Put Her Sister Up For Adoption For Being Too Poor

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Although she is rich now, the girl's mother was so poor that she put one of her daughters up for adoption. The now TV host didn't even know she had a half sister till decades later.

Instead, she continued to live with her grandma who was progressively getting sicker. Eventually, the seven year old had to move back in with her mother.This would be a difficult time where she was neglected and mistreated by her own family so she acted out.

She Ran Away At 13

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Eventually, the young girl turned 13 and learned that she was pregnant so she ran away from home to live with her father. She was at her most vulnerable and felt unwelcome by her own mother at home. Her mother had tried to send her to a dentition center but even they didn't have room for her and didn't take her.

Her dad would be her first glimmer hope and the first hand in turning her life around.

But The Baby Died

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The young girl was so ashamed of her pregnancy that she refused to tell anyone about it. She didn't even tell her father about it till she was seven months pregnant.

That same day, she went into labour and give birth to a very premature baby boy. Due to the complications that come with such a pregnancy, the baby died in the hospital a few weeks later. This would be the turning event in this woman's life. This was the moment that she went from being a nobody to a name that we all now recognize.

Her Name Became Known In Every Household As Oprah Winfrey

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Upon hearing of her story, tabloids bought it for thousands of dollars. Oprah gained confidence and she felt like she finally could take control over her own narrative. She started joining beauty pageants that brought her to television at a still young age. Oprah found a love for TV hosting and went on to become the first African American female news anchor in Nashville. She even left left Tennessee State University to take the job at just 19 years old.

Oprah's ratings quickly surpassed the then show legend Phil Donahue viewer numbers,. The ratings were so impressive that in 1985 the network decided to rename the show: "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

From Tragedy Came Success

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Oprah Winfrey is now a billionaire who came from humble beginnings. Her early life was full of tragedy but it taught her the lessons and gave her the skills to be the incredibly successful woman that she is today.

Oprah Winfrey wasn't a one time hit. She has transitioned her hit talk show, which ran for 25 years, into a media and business empire. Then, she continued to be an inspiration for women everywhere through the 'Oprah effect' a weight watchers program that has helped many. She is truly an inspiration.

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The Strength Each Zodiac Finds When Grieving A Loss

Grief happens in different stages and there's not necessarily a right or wrong way to deal with it. Some people can't face it right away and keep themselves distracted while others spend the first couple of weeks crying in bed thinking that they'll never feel better.

Grief isn't only felt death. They say that a break up activates the same pain receptors and stress hormones experienced when a loved one dies, so grief is really about any kind of loss for someone or even something like a job that was valued. It can have lasting effects that become traumatic when coping is not eventually dealt with in a healthy way. Luckily, each zodiac sign has character traits that give them a unique strength when dealing with grief. What's yours?

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Aries: Their Straighforwadness

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Aries doesn't care to sugarcoat and avoid the hard truth. They prefer to act in the heat in the moment and cut right down to the chase. You know that when Aries go for a night out, they won't be shy away from their dancing their heart out. They take that same explosive energy wherever they go. When they're grieving, that's all they feel and they let themselves face it head-on until they can come to terms with it.

They may feel a lot of anger at first or a lot of sadness, and they may not deal with that component calmly but having the strength to be straightforward about their grief is what helps them let the feelings pass and move on.

Taurus: An Ability To Escape

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A Taurus likely won't grief right away and try to keep their chin up. They might even try to console others first because the distraction helps them escape. When they're not helping others, they're going to want to disappear for a while, taking themselves on solo dates and watching movie marathons. They'll basically do anything to distract themselves and escape the pain.

However, their ability to escape is also their strength. It gives them a reason to keep going and eases them into adapting to a life without the person they lost gradually.

Gemini: Seeing The Good

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Gemini will do their best to resist their grief. They would rather stay positive to cope. However, the more they avoid what's really on their mind, the more likely they are to be moody. However, when they chose to accept grief, they manage to always find a silver lining.

Their strength is in choosing to celebrate a person's life instead of mourning their death. To them, the end is not a loss because if they never had it in the first place they would have missed out on a lot.

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Cancer: Emotional Intuition

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​Cancers have the ability to be completely in tune with their emotions. They wear their hearts on their sleeves and it's no different when they're grieving. They are not afraid to let themselves cry it out from the second it happens even if they're not sure if they could ever stop.

Cancers' intense emotion is their strength. They're able to manifest them into whatever channel they desire which means that when they get through the painful part, they'll go through the healing with the same intensity.

Leo: Coping Internally

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Leo doesn't feel the need to have a pity party and crying circles. Odds are they won't show their pain publicly but that doesn't mean that they're not dealing with it.

Leo's strength is in coping in the way that feels best to them in the moment, privately. They're not looking to repeat what works for others, they want to find what works for them. They spend a lot of time analyzing exactly what is making them sad and lean deeply into their emotions.

Virgo: Order And Logic

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Virgo can't come easily in terms of loss and death because they can't completely make sense of it. Their need for logic and order and can make them feel completely out of control when grieving. However, it is that same need for control that makes their strength.

Once they get through the initial shock, they ground themselves by creating their how-to guide for coping. They make step by steps lists of how to heal and keep busy with to-do lists meant to help them grieve in orderly ways.

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Libra: Rationality

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When Libra deals with grief, it can become more rational than usual. Libra is able to accept loss and death as unavoidable parts of life so it sees no point in fighting it. Instead, it spends its energy on adapting to a new life without what it is that it lost.

While sometimes Libra takes extreme measures by completely erasing parts of their lives that held the memory of what they lost, their strength is becoming a self-containing equalizer of emotions. Eventually, they even out their grief too.

Scorpio: Manipulation Through Empathy

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​When we hear the word "manipulation" we tend to think of its negative connotation. But manipulation by definition is an ability to purposely mold. For Scorpios, manipulation isn't just getting what they want out of others. When grieving, they're able to manipulate their sadness with intention.

This comes in different forms. For instance, by spending time with animals, children, or loved ones, they're able to manipulate feelings of protection and love that heal both themselves and those around them.

Sagittarius: The Hunt For Happiness

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​Saggitarius is driven by a genuine desire to find happiness. When they're first grieving they may feel lost and helpless as they no longer see a path to happiness.

Yet eventually their ambition kicks in and fuels them with the desire to fight their pain. They don't avoid their emotions and instead try to find ways to turn the negative ones into positive ones and be as happy as possible until they can become fully happy again.

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Capricorn: Maturity

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Capricorn tries to be mature about the way they handle grief, and finds it unhelpful to spend days in bed or to get angry. As an earth sign they feel connected to a higher being and can see the bigger picture.

They understand that loss will hurt for a while but that with time they will get past it, so they do their best to go through the motions until then, each day becoming easier than the last, until they're fully themselves again.

Aquarius: Living Back Memories

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Capricorns don't need external validation and motivation because they find it within themselves. They know the difference between what they can and can't control. They know they can't control a loss but they know that no one can take away the memories they created before they no longer could. So they chose to focus on what they can do.

They keep memories alive through pictures. They reconnect with people from their childhood or they pick up passions they left behind. This way, they connect back with themselves instead of caving to the loss.

Pisces: Just Keeps Swimming

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Pisces just need to be reminded that no matter what happens and how bad it is, the world keeps going and so they need to be able to keep up with it. Usually, they can get to this stage before falling down a spiral. Instead, they chose to lose themselves in ways that feel beautiful to them.

They chose to keep swimming. They indulge in self-care methods like watching movies or spending quality time with others. Their strength is in jump-starting their healing process and their motivation to keep moving forward.

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