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Mother of Oprah Winfrey died at the age of 83

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Lee’s family confirmed that to TMZ on Monday. Lee passed away on Thanksgiving, an important holiday in America.

Vernita and Vernon Winfrey (85) became parents of Oprah in 1954 and lived in Mississippi. Shortly after her birth, they separated. The presenter was not brought up by them in her younger years, because Vernita had to move to Milwaukee because of work. Winfrey, therefore, lived temporarily with her grandmother.

It was not until Winfrey was six years old that she returned to live with her mother. The relationship with her mother was therefore not good, she said in an interview. “I asked myself: what is a mother? What feeling do you have to have about your mother?”

In 1963 Vernita had another child, which she gave up for adoption. It was not until 2010 that Winfrey met her half-sister Patricia. Vernita also had a son, who died in 1989 from the effects of AIDS.

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During the years, the relationship between Vernita and Winfrey improved. In 1990 she made her appearance in The Oprah Winfrey Show and she got a makeover.