Oprah's Mom, Vernita Lee, Dead At 83

Vernita Lee Mother Oprah Winfrey

No additional details about the cause of death have been released.

Although Oprah may be the mother to us all, she has her own mom too, named Vernita Lee, and she passed away on Thanksgiving day at the age of 83.

She is survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren.

Winfrey's relationship with her mother changed for the better over the years, and Lee was occasionally spotted on Winfrey's daytime talk show, which ran on ABC from 1986 to 2011.

The spokeswoman said private funeral services were held.

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During her time on this earth, Oprah has donated more money to charity than any other African-American, other than Michael Jackson. The family directed memorials to Feeding America in Lee's name.

Vernita explained that she never told Oprah about her half-sister "because I thought it was a bad thing for me to do".

Oprah spent Thanksgiving at her home in Montecito, California, sharing snaps with her fans on social media.

Lee was 18 when she gave birth to her first child in rural MS, naming her Orpah, but the girl became known as Oprah but because everyone mispronounced it.

She welcomed friends and family for a feast, uploading a video in view of her 15 million Instagram followers showing her smoking turkeys with the help of a chef. She was 83 years old, ' the statement read. She said she never told Winfrey about her half-sister "because I thought it was a bad thing for me to do". The wonder and spectacularity of such a belief are what carried her through life, especially during the time when she moved from her grandmother to her mother's care as a child. O's personal stylist gave her a makeover. "I don't really even know my mother", Winfrey told HuffPost in a 2015 interview.

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