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Oprah’s Lost Family, Half-Sister Revealed

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

On Monday Oprah Winfrey announced on her television talk show that she has a half sister and that she only found out about her relation last year.

“In the past 25 years, the Oprah Show has reunited a lot of people. I thought I’d seen it all, but this is the miracle of all miracles,” Winfrey said on the show, which brought her together with the half-sister her mother put up for adoption almost 50 years ago.

Winfrey said she was “literally shaken to the core.” by the revelation that she had a long lost sister.

The two women met for the first time on Thanksgiving at their mother’s home.

Patricia, was born in Wisconsin in 1963 while Winfrey then eight years old was living with her father in Tennessee.

Patricia whose last name was not revealed lived in foster homes until the age of seven before being adopted. She had a child at 17 and a second child six years later and as a single mother had to work two jobs to support herself and her children.

Two years ago Patricia discovered that she and Oprah were related, but the famous television host only found out about her sister last year. She had tried for some time to reach Oprah, but was unable to get to her directly.

“Family business should be handled by family,” Patricia told Winfrey and millions of viewers. “It couldn’t be handled by anyone else. That is not fair. It wouldn’t be fair to you.”

Patricia said she had not considered selling her story, instead preferring to tell her sibling herself.

It seems that having principals runs in the family.

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