Oprah Winfrey's mother Vernita Lee has died at 83

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Oprah Winfrey's mother, Vernita Lee, died at her Milwaukee home last week, her family announced Monday. A Winfrey spokeswoman issued a statement, today, saying Lee died at her Milwaukee home on November 22.

No other details were given.

Oprah had Lee on her talk show in 1990 where Oprah's personal stylist gave her a makeover.

According to Oprah's niece, Alisha Hayes, Vernita died at her Milwaukee home, where she moved to after Oprah was born.

During a 2013 episode of Oprah's Lifeclass, the 64-year-old, who has no children of her own, opened up about the biggest lesson she learned from her relationship with her mother.

Lee is also survived by her daughter Patricia, whom she gave up for adoption at birth.

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A private funeral has already been held, with memorial donations being made to Feeding America.

Oprah has not publicly commented on her mother's passing.

TMZ reports that Lee moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin when Winfrey was 3 years old and that Winfrey was raised by her maternal grandmother until she was 6, when she moved to Milwaukee to live with Lee. "This is your opportunity to seize this moment and make something of your life.' And I took that chance and understood for myself-even though I didn't have the words to articulate it-'Now I know better, so I can do better'".

When asked the moment she felt the most pride for Winfrey's achievements, she cited the star's multi-Oscar nominated film The Colour Purple.

Vernita explained that she never told Oprah about her half-sister "because I thought it was a bad thing for me to do".

The mother of media mogul Oprah Winfrey has died at 83. "To my mother, I say, 'You can let this shame go'".

"I suddenly land in a place that's completely foraging to me", she said in an interview with Huffington Post in 2015.

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