Oprah Winfrey Reveals That She Has A Sister Named Patricia

Written by Michael Lambarde on Jan. 24, 2011

As Oprah Winfrey continues to surprise her viewers during the final season of the Oprah Winfrey Show, she revealed a shocker on this morning’s episode. There has been more speculation about Oprah Winfrey‘s private life than probably any other celebrity. From her close but non-lesbian relationship with Gayle King to her vast fortune to who her father is, the woman has been the target of more rumors than Fleetwood Mac.

PHOTOS: Shots of Oprah Winfrey’s sister, Patricia, on the set of her show Monday morning!

But one thing that Oprah plans to address today is the deep, dark family secret that’s been floating around recently that she wants to set straight. On her show today, Winfrey plans to acknowledge that she has a half-sister whom she only just met two months ago. Winfrey says she discovered that she has a half-sister, whose name is Patricia, in November and they met shortly after. Winfrey’s mother gave birth to Patricia and gave her up for adoption in 1963, unbeknownst to Oprah who was living with her father at the time.

Oprah explained that learning about her new family member was “was one of the greatest surprises of my life.” And lest you think that Patricia is a con artist, the DNA matches and Oprah’s mother admitted the truth as well. Patricia began a search for her birth mother which led her to discover in 2007 that she was related to one of the richest women in the world. Not a bad thing to find out when you’re searching for your biological family. All the details of the family drama will be revealed on Oprah’s show today, but here’s hoping that there’s no Marcia-Jan Brady rivalry between the new siblings.

To view exclusive photos of Patricia Winfrey, Oprah’s sister, on the set of her sister’s daytime talk show, you can click here to view the gallery.

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