29th January Birthdays ~ Oprah Winfrey, Tom Selleck, Charlie Wilson, Heather Graham and Tommy Ramone

Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey
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Winfrey at the 2013 Women in the World Conference.
Born Orpah Gail Winfrey[1]
January 29, 1954 (age 60)
Kosciusko, MississippiU.S.
Residence Montecito, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater Tennessee State University
Years active 1983–present
Salary $75 million (2013)[2]
Net worth Steady US$ 2.8 billion (2012)[3]
Political party
Democratic Party
Partner(s) Stedman Graham (1986–present)
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Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American media proprietortalk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.[1] Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.[4] She has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century,[5] the greatest black philanthropist in American history,[6][7] and is currently North America’s only black billionaire.[8] She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world.[9][10] In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama[11] and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard.[12]

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, saying she was raped at age nine and became pregnant at 14; her son died in infancy.[13] Sent to live with the man she calls her father, a barber in Tennessee, 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,[14] she launched her own production company and became internationally syndicated.

Credited with creating a more intimate confessional form of media communication,[15] she is thought to have popularized and revolutionized[15][16] the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue,[15] which a Yale study says broke 20th-century taboos and allowed LGBT people to enter the mainstream.[17][18] By the mid-1990s, she had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, and spirituality. Though criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas,[19] and an emotion-centered approach[20] she is often praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others.[21] From 2006 to 2008, her support of Barack Obama, by one estimate, deliveredover a million votes in the close 2008 Democratic primary race.[22]

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Tom Selleck

Tom Selleck

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Tom Selleck
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Tom Selleck at the 26th TCA Awards, 2010
Born Thomas William Selleck
January 29, 1945 (age 69)
DetroitMichigan USA
Alma mater University of Southern California
Occupation Actor, Film producer
Years active 1969–present
Spouse(s) Jacqueline Ray
(m.1971–1982; divorced)
Jillie Mack
(m.1987– present)

Thomas William “Tom” Selleck (born January 29, 1945) is an American actor and film producer. He is best known for his starring role as the private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, P.I. (1980 to 1988), based in Hawaii. He also plays Police Chief Jesse Stone in a series of made-for-TV movies based on Robert B. Parker novels. Since 2010, he has appeared as NYPD Police Commissioner Frank Reagan in the drama Blue Bloods on CBS-TV.[1]

Selleck has appeared in more than fifty film and television roles since his initial success with Magnum, P.I., including a co-starring role in the highest-grossing movie of 1987, Three Men and a BabyQuigley Down UnderMr. Baseball; andLassiter, to name a few. Selleck has also appeared as Dr. Richard Burke on Friends, where he played the on-again, off-again love-interest of Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), and A.J. Cooper on Las Vegas.

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Charlie Wilson (singer)

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Charlie Wilson
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Charlie Wilson performs at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago (April 2010) (photo by Raymond Boyd)
Background information
Birth name Charles Kent Wilson
Also known as “Uncle Charlie”
Born January 29, 1953 (age 60)
Origin TulsaOklahomaU.S.
Genres R&Bhip hop soul
Occupations Singer-songwriterProducer
Instruments Vocalskeyboardsorgan,drums
Years active 1972–present
Labels InterscopeJiveP Music Group
Associated acts The Gap BandKanye West,Snoop Dogg2PacR. Kelly,Justin Timberlakewill.i.amKeith SweatBabyface
Website charliewilsonmusic.com

Charles Kent “Charlie” Wilson (also known as Uncle Charlie, born January 29, 1953) is an American R&B singer-songwriter-producer and the former lead vocalist for The Gap Band. As a solo artist he has been nominated for seven Grammy awards and two NAACP Image Awards, received a 2009 Soul Train Icon Award, and was a recipient of a BMI Icon Award in 2005. In 2009, he was named Billboard magazine’s No. 1 Adult R&B Artist, and his song “There Goes My Baby”[1] was named the No. 1 Urban Adult Song for 2009 in Billboard Magazine. On June 30, 2013, BET honored Wilson with a Lifetime Achievement Award that was presented to him by Justin Timberlake. The BET tribute performances included renditions of Wilson’s songs performed by India Arie (There Goes My Baby), Jamie Foxx (Yearning for Your Love), and Stevie Wonder (Burn Rubber) but it was not until Wilson himself took to the stage at the request of Timberlake to perform his Grammy nominated song “You Are” and then transition into a medley of hit songs performing alongside Timberlake and surprise guests Snoop Dogg and Pharrell that Wilson stole the show during the youth oriented program.[2] The Charlie Wilson tribute helped BET achieve the highest ratings in years for the program and also earned the network the #1 primetime spot in the 18–49 demographic topping all its broadcast and cable competition for the night in both demographics and total viewers.[3]

Wilson is the national spokesman for the Prostate Cancer Foundation where there is a Creativity Award in his name which donates hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to researchers across the country for the development of creative science that conforms to PCF funding principles but is short-term and designed to allow development of otherwise unfunded ideas.

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Tommy Ramone

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