Oprah Winfrey’s Mother Vernita Lee Passes Away at 83

Oprah Winfrey’s Mother Vernita Lee Passes Away at 83

Actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film "A Wrinkle In Time" in London. No details on her cause of death have been released. File picture: Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP.

Lee, who was 83, died in her Milwaukee home, the family told multiple media outlets in a statement.

According to Oprah's niece, Alisha Hayes, Vernita died at her Milwaukee home, where she moved to after Oprah was born. She is survived by her daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations in Lee's name can be made to Feeding America.

Emotions remained raw for Oprah when she described her childhood during one of her last shows, telling her audience, "I was a lonely little girl". But she subsequently moved to Milwaukee to become a maid, meaning the American icon was raised by her grandmother.


"I loved her the way that she loves people now", she said, adding that her proudest moment was in 1985 when Winfrey "did the Color Purple".

"I loved her the way that she loves people now", Lee said of their bond.

Fortunately, the relationship between Oprah and her mom was eventually repaired.

After sharing two Instagram videos on Thanksgiving, Winfrey had stayed quiet on social media. "This is your opportunity to seize this moment and make something of your life.' And I took that chance and understood for myself-even though I didn't have the words to articulate it-'Now I know better, so I can do better'".

"I walked into that space feeling completely alone and abandoned". "I was asking the question ... what is a mother?" Vernita had a son, named Jeffrey, who died in 1989 from AIDS.

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