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Oprah Winfrey reveals she has another half sister



The big family secret Oprah Winfrey was teasing since prmoting her show last week turns out that she has a half-sister named Patricia who lives in Milwaukee. No, not that half-sister named Patricia who lives in Milwaukee, the one we knew about -- she died back in 2003.

The media queen announced on The Oprah Winfrey Show Monday that this new family member was given up for adoption in 1963, and finally met the woman on Thanksgiving Day. Oprah showed video of she and Steadman Graham meeting Patricia, who found out who their mother was in 2007 and spent three years trying to contact Oprah. PopEater says Patricia (who was coincidentally name the same as O's late sibling by her adoptive parents) is 48 and has two grown children.

Oprah says she was 8 and living with dad Vernon Winfrey when her mom Vernita Lee gave birth to this new sister. Winfrey says she didn't even know her mother was pregnant, but a DNA test proved it. Lee was on Monday's show as well, confirming the news of the birth. (Watch video of Patricia talking to Oprah on Monday's show above.)

"I made the decision to give her up because I wasn't able to take care of her," Lee said during a recorded interview that aired Monday. "So when I left the hospital, I told the nurse I wasn't going to keep the baby."

As for Patricia, she never once thought of selling the story to the gossip hounds.

"Family business should be handled by family," she told Oprah. "It couldn't be handled by anyone else. That's not fair. It wouldn't be fair to you." And now Oprah's the one who can make money off it.


[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 6:30pm]


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