She always had a number in her head: the 56. At 56, Oprah Winfrey thought she would die her entire life. It turned out differently: This year, the US talk show queen was 65 years old. She has overcome the deadlock - and knows why.
"In my 57th year I was full of fear," said Winfrey now the magazine "People". She had this recurring dream that she would die at the age of 56 years. "I just told my best friend that I have a number in my head," said Winfrey. When her friend Gayle asked her what number it was, she replied, "I will not tell you - you're going to drive me crazy and I'll die from it."
When she finally turned 57, she asked herself, "Why did I think that all my life?" But then she realized that the visions of her date of death had started when she was still living in her hometown of Milwaukee. "I was trapped in a world I saw how terrible she is."
Until puberty, Winfrey lived with her mother in Milwaukee, a metropolis in the US state of Wisconsin. As a teenager, the presenter moved to Nashville, where she lived with her father. "If I had never left Milwaukee, everything would have been different," said the 65-year-old.
She thinks she really died at the age of 56. "I think I weighed 216 kilograms, I think I had diabetes and high blood pressure, I was choking on the idea that things could have gone differently," said Winfrey.
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous talk show presenters in the USA. She was also the first billionaire of African-American descent.