Oprah admits surprise at finding long-lost sister
Oprah Winfrey yesterday revealed that she had a half-sister that she only found out about late last year, saying the news left her speechless.
Welcoming single mother of two, Patricia, to an emotional reunion on her daytime talk show, Winfrey said their mother Vernita Lee kept the 1963 birth a secret and gave the baby up for adoption.
Winfrey, 56, said she was only 9 years old and living with her father when her mother became pregnant.
“Imagine my shock just a few months ago, at the end of October, when I found out I have another sister living just 90 minutes away,” Winfrey told viewers.
“For the most part, my life has been an open book. And on the show, I think I’ve seen about everything. And I thought nothing could surprise me anymore. But let me tell you, I was wrong,” she said.
Patricia, whose last name was not revealed, said she had been raised in foster homes since age 7.
Patricia first learned she was Winfrey’s half-sister in 2007, but kept it a secret because she feared there would be a media frenzy.
“[Patricia] never once thought to go to the press. She never even thought to sell her story,” Winfrey said.