Monday, January 24, 2011
Oprah's big reveal... Long Lost Sister.
Now this is truly a touching story.
Last Thursday, Oprah Winfrey told viewers on her syndicated talk show that she would have a big reunion on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' on Monday.
Though she didn't disclose with whom, the talk show titan shared that it involved something she's learned about recently and is only known to her closest friends.
"I thought I'd seen it all. But this, my friends, is the miracle of all miracles," Winfrey said in show commercials.
Winfrey's big announcement is that sometime around Thanksgiving of last year, she discovered she had a half-sister she never knew about.
The 56-year-old television mogul had believed for years that she was her parent's last living child – younger siblings Jeffrey and Patricia are both deceased.
Winfrey learned that her mother, Vernita Lee, had another daughter who, oddly enough, is also named Patricia. Sources say that the two have already met in person, and Winfrey's talk show reveal is only to introduce her sister to the world.
At press time, details were sketchy as to why Winfrey was unaware of her sister's existence until now. Patricia was raised in the foster care system after Lee gave her up for adoption.
Born in Kosciusko, Miss., to her unmarried teenage parents, Vernon Winfrey and Vernita Lee, Winfrey was raised at various points in her life by a grandmother, Hattie Mae Lee; her parents; and even a stepmother according to biographies on her.
In a December interview for an ABC special with Barbara Walters, Winfrey acknowledged that she provides for both of parents monetarily.
When asked about her relationship with her parents, she confessed she isn't extremely close to them.
"I would not say that I have been the kind of daughter that calls home every week and is checking in with my parents," she told Walters. "I wouldn't say that we're terribly close."
Winfrey will formally make the announcement about Patricia on her talk show at 9 a.m. CST, which is when her show airs live in Chicago. She wants to introduce her sister so that the media does not exploit the story.