logo
Getty images
Getty images

Oprah Winfrey Was Scared of Turning 56 Because She Never Thought She'd Live past That Age

Comfort Omovre
Oct 11, 2019
06:20 P.M.
Share this pen
FacebookFacebookTwitterTwitterLinkedInLinkedInEmailEmail

Oprah Winfrey never thought she would live past 56, and the knowledge that she could die filled her with dread.

Advertisement

Oprah Winfrey has touched a lot of lives in her 65 years on earth, but there was a time in her life she didn't think she would live past her 56th birthday.

Oprah Winfrey at the premiere of "A Wrinkle in Time" in February 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey at the premiere of "A Wrinkle in Time" in February 2018. | Photo: Getty Images

Advertisement

WINFREY DREADED BEING 56

In this week's issue of People that celebrates women changing the world, the media mogul and philanthropist opened up about a recurring dream that haunted her for most of her life. She told the news outlet,

"I used to have this dream that I was going to be dead at 56. So the year I turned 56, I [got] filled with dread."

Advertisement

Winfrey had a moment of epiphany

Winfrey kept the dream to herself and only told her best friend, and fellow TV personality, Gayle King, about her fear of dying. In 2011, when the media mogul turned 57 and ended "The Oprah Winfrey's Show," she was able to let go of the fear, and stop thinking about dying.

THE DREAM CAME FROM FEELING TRAPPED

Winfrey had a moment of epiphany, and thought,

"Why did [I think all my life] it was going to be 57?"

Advertisement

It was one of my greatest shames, but a shameful act that allowed me to make the shift

The answer lies in the fact that as a child, the billionaire philanthropist felt trapped living a life without hope, with her mother, Vernita Lee, in Milwaukee. She said,

"At the time, I started having the vision of 56. It was when I was in Milwaukee, and I was trapped in a world where I could see how dire it was."

Advertisement

THERE ARE MOMENTS THAT DEFINED WINFREY'S LIFE

Winfrey got out of Milwaukee in her early teens, moving to Nashville to live with her father, Vernon Winfrey. She marked it as one of the defining moments of her life, and one of the reasons she got to live beyond her 50s.

The media personality equally recollected an experience in '89 that changed the course of her TV career. Back then, it was all about sensational programs, and after Winfrey watched a man bring his mistress on live TV, and tell his wife, the other woman was pregnant, and he was ending their marriage, she knew she had to make a change.

Advertisement

She said,

"It was one of my greatest shames, but a shameful act that allowed me to make the shift, because I go 'Never again will I do that to somebody."

Winfrey believes she stayed over thirty years on television because she changed her path, and today, her defunct "The Oprah Winfrey's Show," helped a lot of people tell their story, and changed a lot of lives.

Advertisement
info
Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Advertisement
Related posts

Tyler Perry Was Broke Living in His Car - He Recalls in Tears That He Was Only 'Praying & Believing’

February 23, 2022

Woman Pretends to Be Magical Fairy for Months to Comfort a Little Girl Who Was Feeling Lonely

April 22, 2022

Alicia Keys Grew up without a Dad after He Abandoned Her — Meet the Singer's Mother Who Raised Her Alone

May 13, 2022

Tom Brady & Pregnant Bridget Moynahan Split - She Wed Husband at Secret Ceremony 9 Years Later

February 20, 2022

Harry Revealed Pregnant Meghan Wanted to End Her Life ⁠— She Lived So He Would Not Lose Another Loved One

April 19, 2022

Mom Discovers Her Husband's Other Family While Selling Cookies with Her Daughter

April 14, 2022

Bette Midler’s Spouse of 37 Years Sacrificed His Career for Her after She Proposed in 6 Weeks

February 03, 2022

Woman Thinks She Had a Miscarriage, Late Grandfather Tells Her Babies Are Still Alive in a Dream

April 28, 2022

Prince Harry Wants to Make Sure Queen Is ‘Protected’ While He Lives in America Where He Calls His ‘Home’ Now

April 20, 2022

Salma Hayek Wished She Ate Less Fruits as Her Pregnancy after 40 Almost Ended with the Loss of Her Child

January 27, 2022

Poor Pregnant Girl Disappears after Her Wedding, Husband Meets Their Son 53 Years Later – Story of the Day

January 26, 2022

Inside Tom Hanks & Wife of 33 Years Rita Wilson's Relationship with Their Biracial Granddaughter

April 29, 2022

Ellen DeGeneres' Wife of 13 Years 'Didn't Want to Be a Lesbian' until She Was Charmed by the TV Host

March 15, 2022

Baby Abandoned by White Parents for Being Black Finds a Letter from Her Birth Mom 14 Years Later

May 23, 2022