SPOILER: Find Out Oprah's Shocking Family Secret

Entertainment Jan. 24, 2011 AT 11:00AM
SPOILER: Find Out Oprah's Shocking Family Secret Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.com

As promised, Oprah Winfrey spilled the beans on her shocking family secret during her show, broadcast in Chicago Monday morning.

The big reveal: Winfrey, 56, discovered a half-sister she never knew she had. Named Patricia, the sibling was given up for adoption as a child in 1963, and now lives in Milwaukee, Wisc.

PHOTOS: Oprah and other stars with painful pasts

The talk show guru learned about the long-lost relative in November, and they met up in November.

Patricia had long been searching for the identity of the mother who gave her up for adoption; in 2007, she discovered that world-famous Winfrey was her half-sister.

PHOTOS: Oprah and other stars get dramatic makeunders

As for Oprah, she says she was 9 years old and living with her father, Vernon, when her mother gave birth to Patricia and gave her up. Winfrey didn't even know about her mom's pregnancy, she says.

"I thought I'd seen it all," Winfrey teased about the discovery on Friday. "But this, my friends, is the miracle of all miracles."

PHOTOS: Check out Oprah's incredible dream home

She added that the news "literally shook me to my core." The mogul has been frank on her show about her difficult past: She was born into poverty, sexually abused at a young age and lost a baby at age 14.

How we use your email
X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Us Weekly and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

comments powered by Disqus

ADVERTISEMENT