Oprah Winfrey's Mother, Vernita Lee, Dies at 83

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Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during O You! presented by O, The Oprah Magazine, held at Los Angeles Convention Center on Oct. 20, 2012 in Los Angeles. 

Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, has died at the age of 83. A Winfrey spokeswoman on Monday (Nov. 26) issued a statement saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on Nov. 22. The spokeswoman says private funeral services were held. No other details were provided.

Lee was a teenager when she gave birth to Winfrey in Mississippi in 1954. They moved to Milwaukee when Winfrey was 6 years old.

Lee was featured getting a makeover on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1990. Lee is also survived by another daughter, Patricia Amanda, and four grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey, and by a daughter, Patricia.


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