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However, the East Asian may, given the imprecision of genetic testing, actually be Native American markers.
After Winfrey's birth, her mother traveled north and Winfrey spent her first six years living in rural poverty with her maternal grandmother, Hattie Mae (Presley) Lee (April 15, 1900 – February 27, 1963), who was so poor that Winfrey often wore dresses made of potato sacks, for which the local children made fun of her.
Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of three and took her to the local church, where she was nicknamed "The Preacher" for her ability to recite Bible verses.
When Winfrey was a child, her grandmother would hit her with a stick when she did not do chores or if she misbehaved in any way.
Her frustrated mother once again sent her to live with Vernon in Nashville, Tennessee, although this time she did not take her back.
Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, and joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation.She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where she studied communication.
TIME magazine wrote: Few people would have bet on Oprah Winfrey's swift rise to host of the most popular talk show on TV.She moved to Baltimore's WJZ-TV in 1976 to co-anchor the six o'clock news.In 1977, she was removed as co-anchor and worked lower profile positions at the station.She was then recruited to join Richard Sher as co-host of WJZ's local talk show People Are Talking, which premiered on August 14, 1978.She also hosted the local version of Dialing for Dollars.In a field dominated by white males, she is a black female of ample bulk.