OPRAH PAYS TRIBUTE TO LOST SISTER FOR KEEPING FAMILY SECRET
Posted 1:42pm 01/24/11
OPRAH WINFREY has honoured her lost sister for not taking her remarkable story to the tabloids.
The TV titan introduces America to her half-sibling Patricia and her two children, Andre and Aquarius, during a taping of her show, set to air on Monday (24Jan11) - and tears up as she heaps praise on the family for not selling her out.
Winfrey desperately tries to maintain her TV cool as she tells viewers, "What is so remarkable to me about this story... (is) since I have been a person known in the public, there have been few times that I have been anywhere and not been sold out.
"There have been few times that you can bring anybody new into your life and not have that person in some way betray you or use you or take advantage of you.
"What is so extraordinary about Patricia and Andre and Aquarius is that they have known this secret since 2007."
Patricia was given up for adoption by Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, in 1963 when the star was nine years old.
Winfrey tells viewers she was living with her father in Nashville, Tennessee at the time and had no idea her mother was even pregnant.
Patricia, from Wisconsin, reportedly discovered her familial links to Oprah four years ago; Winfrey learned about her relative last November (10) and the pair met for the first time over the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov10).
Winfrey, Patricia and their mother were all reunited on the TV show. (KL/WNVOP/MT) *WENN
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