Many important personalities have played a role in shaping the society of the United States and have served as an inspiration for the citizens of the country. Their contributions to the society are extraordinary. Oprah Winfrey is one such person who has played a great role in molding the thinking of the Americans and she has proved as a source of encouragement for millions of people. Her great efforts for the betterment of the society can be analyzed from the fact that she was awarded an Oscar for her services for the society (Tourtellotte 2011). Oprah Winfrey had a very dark childhood as she was brought up in a poor family and was sexually abused since an early age of 9 years. Oprah Winfrey faced difficulties during her childhood years and her past experiences motivated her to live a life for assisting other people. Oprah Winfrey was born to an unmarried teenager in Mississippi. She was brought up for the initial years of her life on a farm of her grandmother. Her grandmother brought her up and made her learn reading. At the mere age of 9, Winfrey was sexually assaulted by her cousin and these assaults were a part of her life till she turned thirteen. She moved in with her father t Nashville where she gave birth to a premature child who died a very short time after birth. Her father gave Winfrey support and security and made it important for her to read books and study. This provided for an environment of success for Winfrey (Entertainment Executive 1991; Lowe 2001).