Single-Minded: Plowing Through the Oprah Bio

Kitty Kelley forgot to read the memo about good reporting and good writing before she spawned her big, big book on the Queen of Daytime.

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In 1981 (when I was a 1-year-old), Oprah told the women of Goucher College in a commencement speech "unlike our mothers, we know that by the time we are middle-aged we have more than a 50-percent chance of never being married ... So there's no denying the obvious. We have to take care of ourselves." In a 1993 interview she said, "I dislike this notion of a desperate woman who wants to get married." Winfrey also said that she cared whether or not a potential match was a "ditch digger." "I know that sounds elitist. But I have such great expectations for myself in life ... that I just don't understand people who don't aspire to do or be anything."

Now I wonder what Steve Harvey would have to say about that?

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Helena Andrews is a contributing editor at The Root and author of Bitch Is the New Black, a memoir in essays. Follow her on Twitter.