On Friday, August 12, 2011 OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced the launch of an online sweepstakes at Oprah.com in support of the new series “Oprah’s Lifeclass,” formerly “OWN Your Life (the oprah class),” and its online companion course. ‘ ’Starting today, viewers can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to meet Oprah Winfrey at the O You! event in Atlanta, Georgia and reserve their spot for the online companion class at www.oprah.com/oprahslifeclass.
The first one million people to sign up for the online class will be eligible to receive an exclusive, limited edition Oprah’s Lifeclass Journal, and can enter for the chance to meet Oprah in-person at the O You! event hosted by O, The Oprah Magazine. ’ ’In addition, up to fifteen winners will receive an all expense paid trip to Atlanta to participate in O You!, where they will be the first students in Oprah’s class and join her on stage.
OWN is partnering with’ ’Care2,‘ ’Shine on Yahoo!‘ ” ’and numerous Cable, Satellite and Telco distribution partners to reach the goal of one million students by October 10.
Sixteen million viewers in the United States alone tuned in for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” finale. ‘ ’In the historic final hour, Oprah took the stage as teacher in the world’s biggest classroom highlighting the principles that guide her life, many of which were gleaned from the 4,561 hours of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” ‘ ’In an all-new series, “Oprah’s Lifeclass” Oprah reaches back through the show’s 25 year history to teach the lessons that matter most to her… the guidelines for fulfilling your life’s potential, breaking through your barriers, understanding your purpose, letting go of anger, how to use joy to fuel your life, and becoming all you were meant to be. ‘ ’Oprah will share her most personal revelations, and what she thinks now about those iconic show moments and guests. “Oprah’s Lifeclass” will also have an online companion, Oprah’s Lifeclass, including actual course work on Oprah.com, for an even more enriching experience. ‘ ’“Oprah’s Lifeclass” premieres Monday, October 10 (8:00 p.m. ET/PT), and is produced by Harpo Productions.
O You! will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta for a day dedicated to you and living your best life on Saturday, October 15. ‘ ’Every year, this full-day event brings Oprah fans from around the world together for a truly memorable day of learning, inspiration and fun. ‘ ’Attendees can participate in panels led by O, The Oprah Magazine contributors Suze Orman, Dr. Oz, Nate Berkus, Martha Beck, Donna Brazile, Peter Walsh, Bob Greene, Adam Glassman and Val Monroe. For event and ticket information, please visit www.oprah.com/oyou.
About Oprah Winfrey: Oprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954) is an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist, best known for her self-titled, multi-award winning talk show, which has become the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and was for a time the world’s only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.
Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in an inner-city Milwaukee neighborhood. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, claiming to be raped at age nine and becoming pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy. Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber inTennessee, Winfrey landed a job in radio while still in high school and began co-anchoring the local evening news at the age of 19. Her emotional ad-lib delivery eventually got her transferred to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.
Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication, she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue, which a Yale study claims broke 20th century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream. By the mid 1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, and an emotion-centered approach she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others. From 2006 to 2008, her support of Barack Obama, by one estimate, deliveredover a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race.